Is Ryan Giggs leaving Old Trafford? We look back at his Manchester United career

The departure of Louis van Gaal from Manchester United leaves the future unclear for Ryan Giggs, who has been with the club for 28 years.

Giggs signed as an apprentice for United at 14, turned professional two years later and went on to enjoy a highly-decorated playing career. After a brief stint as caretaker manager, he has spent the past two years on Van Gaal's coaching staff.

Here's a look at some of his most memorable moments at United.

May 4, 1991 - Manchester United 1 Manchester City 0

Giggs' first United goal came on his full debut and settled a derby. There was an element of doubt about it, with uncertainty over whether the 17-year-old got a touch before defender Colin Hendry did, but it went down in the record books.

September 19, 1992 - Tottenham 1 Manchester United 1

Ryan Giggs playing for Manchester United against Tottenham
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One of the first sightings of Giggs' mazy dribbling skills. He galloped past Jason Cundy and Dean Austin, then took the ball wide of goalkeeper Ian Walker before finding the net from the tightest of angles.

February 5, 1994 - QPR 2 Manchester United 3

Ryan Giggs playing against QPR
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Another from the scrapbook of great goals. After whipping the ball away from Ray Wilkins, Giggs embarked on a forward charge the QPR defence was unable to resist before firing left-footed past Jan Stejskal.

April 14, 1999 - Arsenal 1 Manchester United 2

Giggs' most famous goal. Down to 10 men following Roy Keane's dismissal and kept in the match only by a late Peter Schmeichel penalty save, United claimed their place in the FA Cup final after Giggs seized on a loose ball inside his own half and roared forward. Lee Dixon was the last man beaten before Giggs' shot flew past a startled David Seaman, prompting bare-chested celebrations.

February 25, 2003 - Juventus 0 Manchester United 3

Ryan Giggs skips over a challenge from Antonio Conte
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After bearing the brunt of intense criticism earlier in the season, Giggs provided a reminder of his class on one of United's great European nights. The pick of his two goals was a right-footed effort beyond a helpless Gianluigi Buffon.

September 20, 2009 - Manchester United 4 Manchester City 3

Michael Owen scores against Manchester City
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By now less reliant on pace and more on ice-cold instinct. In the sixth minute of injury time in a frenetic derby, Giggs could have done anything when presented with the ball on the edge of the box. He made the right choice - providing Michael Owen with a perfectly weighted pass for the striker to claim a dramatic winner.

April 26, 2011 - Schalke 0 Manchester United 2

Ryann Giggs scores for Manchester United against Schalke
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United found it difficult to turn their superiority into goals in this Champions League semi-final until Giggs intervened midway through the second half. The Welshman broke the deadlock after 67 minutes and United went on to win comfortably.

February 23, 2013 - QPR 0 Manchester United 2

Ryan Giggs celebrates scoring for Manchester United
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It may have been overshadowed on the day by a Rafael stunner, but Giggs set the seal on another victory on United's march to a record 20th title when he calmly beat Julio Cesar.

April 26, 2014 - Manchester United 4 Norwich 0

Ryan Giggs applauds the Manchester United fans
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With David Moyes sacked, Giggs was asked to take over as manager until the end of the season. His first game in charge ended in a resounding win. He went on to win two, draw one and lose one of his four games in charge.

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