The affinity between player and club such as the one between Ryan Giggs and Manchester United is rarely seen in football these days. Perhaps Paolo Maldini, Steven Gerrard, and Alessandro Del Piero are a few others who have been such one club legends in the past 20 years or so.
For a long time now, Ryan Giggs has been seen as an ideal manager of Manchester United, and Wales have already offered him the international job on more than one occasion. Last season he finally got the chance to test himself as a manager as Ed Woodward gave him the manager's job for the last four games of the season.
The reception which Giggs received as he walked out at Old Trafford to take charge of his beloved club for the first time was tremendous. He is loved by that club, and the feeling is mutual. Even United's biggest rivals must have felt that was a special moment to see and an emotional occasion.
Despite the fact Giggs has played his last game for the club (another memorable, lump in the throat moment), Louis Van Gaal has kept him on at the club, and he will become the assistant manager to the Dutchman. Of course a lot of the club's future was up in the air when Giggs was in charge, and he could not have known what lay around the corner for him.
Speaking in a documentary; Life of Ryan: Caretaker Manager which is due to air on ITV tonight he spoke about how he thought he could be saying goodbye to many of his close friends after the final game of the season against Southampton.
In scenes due to air tonight he says, "We got off the plane at Manchester Airport and I was saying goodbye to the players, thanking them. Potentially saying goodbye to a lot of players for the last time, a bit of the staff, and I'm not an emotional person. Well, I didn't think I was."
"I get in my car and I just went, started crying, started getting really emotional and I think it was just a mixture of what I've just said, saying goodbye to people for maybe the last time, and the pressure that I put myself under."
With regards to his time in charge of United, he said that it has prepared him for a further stint. "It was just a brilliant experience, one that I thoroughly enjoyed and will be all the better for next time it happens."
'Next time it happens' leads us to believe he may already know that one day he will be handed the manager's job at Old Trafford on a permanent basis. It would certainly be a popular choice.