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Ryan Giggs says 'time feels right' to leave Man United after 29 years

SWANSEA, WALES - AUGUST 30: Louis van Gaal, manager of Manchester United talks to assistant Ryan Giggs during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Manchester United at Liberty Stadium on August 30, 2015 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

SWANSEA, WALES - AUGUST 30: Louis van Gaal, manager of Manchester United talks to assistant Ryan Giggs during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Manchester United at Liberty Stadium on August 30, 2015 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, England -- Ryan Giggs has ended his 29-year association with Manchester United, leaving the coaching staff at the fallen English Premier League power at the start of Jose Mourinho's reign.

Giggs says ''the time feels right and, although I have no immediate plans to step into management, it is where I want to be.''

The 42-year-old Giggs joined United in 1987 as a 14-year-old player and went on to appear a record 963 times for the first team, mostly under Alex Ferguson.

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Giggs says ''it's time for a new chapter and a new challenge. I'm excited about the future - I've had the best apprenticeship into management anyone could ever ask for.''

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