Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has revealed that it was Louis van Gaal who told him he had to retire.
The Welshman finally hung up his boots in 2014 and became the Dutchman’s assistant manager at Old Trafford, but admits this move came about in slightly strange circumstances.
Giggs met with Van Gaal soon after he replaced David Moyes as full-time United boss, and it was quickly decided that the former winger would join him on his coaching staff.
However, LVG was adamant that Giggs had to end his playing career to take the position, and actually made the choice for him.
‘When I first met Louis we got talking and he asked me to be his assistant after just 30 minutes of conversation,’ Giggs wrote in his column for the Daily Telegraph.
‘I accepted and then he told me that he had one condition. I had to retire. In fact, he said he had made the decision for me.
‘I was officially retired as a player as of that moment. As soon as he said so, it felt right.’
Despite many rumours that Giggs and Van Gaal had a frosty relationship in their two years working together, the former Wales international insists the controversial tactician was a positive influence on the club and his own career.
‘I learned more about coaching from Louis over the next two years than I thought possible,’ he said.
‘He was completely thorough. Everyone in the team knew their role exactly and in the first season we made good progress.
‘It was only last season that we lost our way although it would be wrong to say that was all Louis’ fault. We must all take our share of the blame.’