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Beckham Surprised At Giggs Retirement

Ryan Giggs was the last of the class of 92 to be still involved in a playing career, but he finally decided to hang up his boots after the announcement that Louis van Gaal would become the next manager of Manchester United. The glittering career that spanned more than two decades brought the Welshman an incredible 34 trophies including two Champions League minerals. He is one of the celebrated players at the club after having made more than 950 appearances in all competitions. His former teammate, David Beckham, has expressed his surprise at Giggs announced his retirement despite the player entering into his 40s.

Beckham himself announced his retirement last summer when his six-month contract with PSG came to an end. He has been looking to enter into football ownership in the last few months. The former Real Madrid and AC Milan midfielder announced that he would be exercising a right in his contract that allows him to set up a MLS franchise for around £ 15 million. The franchise will be based in Miami, which has not had a top-level football team for several years now. The appointment of Louis van Gaal also confirmed that Ryan Giggs will be the assistant manager from next season onwards.

"I'm surprised Ryan's retired because he was still playing great. Physically he's still in great condition, to play for so many years at the top level you have to be in great condition. Now he has a new role at the club and it was great to see him walk out as Manchester United manager for those four games when he was in temporary charge. He knows the club better than most people who are at Manchester United now," said Beckham.

The future of Paul Scholes, who returned as a coach for the last four matches, remains in doubt.