Manchester United announced Thursday that veteran Ryan Giggs will combine his playing duties with a spot on the staff of new manager David Moyes.

The former Wales international has been with the Red Devils since becoming a professional 23 years ago, making over 600 appearances with the Premier League's dominant team.

Giggs, 39, who last season signed a one-year extension of his playing contract, joined the coaching staff the same day as Phil Neville, who played for United from 1995-2005 before moving to Everton.

"It's a great privilege to be appointed a player coach. I hope I will be able to bring my experience to bear, having been both a player and part of the Manchester United family for so long," Giggs said Thursday.

Both Giggs and Neville have been working toward certification as coaches.

"It's no secret that I have been taking my qualifications and I see this as the first step in my future career," Giggs said.

Moyes was named in May as successor to the legendary Alex Ferguson, one of the world's most successful coaches in any sport.

"I am delighted that Ryan has accepted the chance to become player coach," said Moyes, who comes to Man United after 11 seasons as manager at Everton. EFE