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Ryan Giggs Fact Box
Associated Press
2014-05-19 11:22 PM

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Highlights in the career of Ryan Giggs, the Manchester United great who ended his playing career and took over as the club's assistant manager on Monday:

1973 -- Born Ryan Joseph Wilson on Nov. 29 in Cardiff.

1990 -- Signs as a trainee with Manchester United, turning professional within five months.

1991 -- Adopts mother's maiden name and becomes Ryan Giggs. Makes debut for United at 17, as a substitute against Everton. Scores the winner against Manchester City at Old Trafford on his full debut and becomes the youngest footballer to represent Wales when he plays against Germany at 17 years and 322 days.

1992 -- Voted PFA Young Player of the Year.

1993 -- Becomes first player to be named PFA Young Player of the Year twice. Wins Premier League title.

1996 -- Helps United win league and FA Cup double for a second time in three years.

1999 -- Scores memorable winner for United in FA Cup semifinal replay against Arsenal at Villa Park. Helps team complete a historic treble of Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup.

2001 -- Wins seventh league championship and signs new five-year contract.

2007 -- Wins ninth Premier League title with United. Announces retirement from international football.

2008 -- Breaks Bobby Charlton's appearance record for United in his 759th game, coming on as a substitute -- and scoring a penalty in the shootout -- as team beats Chelsea in the Champions League final.

2013 -- Makes 1,000th appearance for United during a Champions League loss to Real Madrid. Appointed player-coach following arrival of manager David Moyes.

2014 -- Takes over as interim United manager for final four games of season after Moyes is fired. Ends playing career a week after the last game of the season to take over as assistant manager to Louis van Gaal.

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