Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 11:22 am
The biggest sports story of the week for millions of football (soccer) fans around the world was the sacking of David Moyes as manager of England's Manchester United, one of the two most valuable sports franchises on the planet.
Manchester United's record this season did Moyes in. Seventh place in the Barclays Premier League — United's current position — means it won't be among the top teams that automatically qualify for prestigious UEFA Champions League competition next season. For United, that's unacceptable.
"I have supported Manchester United all my life; I have been a part of the club since I was 13," Giggs said. "I am proud, I am happy, a little nervous and, just like playing, can't wait for the game on Saturday." His first game as the club's skipper will be against Newcastle, which is currently in 9th place among the league's 20 teams.
As the BBC notes, "Giggs has played a record 962 times for United." He's 40 years old, and is still on the club's active roster — and hasn't definitely ruled out taking the pitch during United's four remaining Premier League games.
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