Of course, he then took over as interim manager in April 2014 when United parted company with Moyes after a disappointing season, and Giggs saw out the league campaign with two wins, a draw and a defeat from the final four matches.
Flanked by former team-mates Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Phil Neville, Giggs described his first experience of walking out at Old Trafford as manager against Norwich as "incredible". He added: "I felt ten feet tall. I was nervous, but as soon as I came out of the tunnel the reception I got, the staff got and the players got was brilliant. I've got to thank the fans for that."
With his vast playing experience, which spanned 24 seasons at the very top of the game and took in 963 games for United, Giggs immediately commands respect, but his intrinsic understanding of the expectations and traditions of the club make him a huge asset for van Gaal as the Dutch manager turns over a new page in his storied managerial career.
For Giggs, another chapter begins, too. “For me, this is a new chapter filled with many emotions - immense pride, sadness, but most of all, excitement towards the future.”