Wednesday 28 September 2016

Manchester United fear Ryan Giggs nearing the exit door as Mourinho talks loom

James Ducker

Published 02/06/2016 | 02:30

Ryan Giggs. Photo: Reuters
Ryan Giggs. Photo: Reuters

Manchester United fear Ryan Giggs is on the verge of ending his near 29-year association with the club.

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Giggs (42) is due to return today from Dubai, where he has spent the past week deliberating his future, and is expected to hold talks with new manager, Jose Mourinho, before the end of the week.

United have not yet given up hope that Giggs may stay at the club he joined on his 14th birthday, but they are aware of his disappointment at being overlooked for the manager's job in the wake of Louis van Gaal's sacking and his desire to try his hand at management.

Giggs, who served as No 2 to Van Gaal and the Dutchman's predecessor, David Moyes, is thought to have been offered a role as some sort of bridge between the first team and U-21s. The junior side could lose their coach, Warren Joyce, who is in the running to succeed Paul Lambert at Blackburn Rovers.

Giggs would want to remain part of the first-team set-up if he is to stay at United, but with Mourinho bringing trusted lieutenants Rui Faria and Silvino Louro with him, it is uncertain if the Portuguese could offer the Welshman a role that satisfies him.

Giggs had always been of a mind to walk away if he was not offered the top job - one he felt he had some assurances he would get from the club - but the reality of the situation has forced him to think carefully about his next move, conscious that if he leaves there are no guarantees he will one day return to manage the club.

Jose Mourinho and Ryan Giggs
Jose Mourinho and Ryan Giggs

Similarly, he is believed to be wary about his prospects of being offered the job down the line if he does stay and, after three difficult years under Moyes and Van Gaal, he is keen to prove himself in his own right.

If Giggs leaves, the most decorated player in British football may be forced to consider accepting a job at a lower level or move abroad, since openings at Premier League clubs this summer look scarce.

Meanwhile, Javier Hernandez believes he would "probably have been the star" at Manchester United and subsequently Real Madrid had he been given the chance.

Hernandez was at United for five years up to last summer and scored 37 goals in 103 Premier League games (49 starts and 54 appearances off the bench).

He spent 2014-15 on loan at Real but was rarely a starter.

Since joining Bayer Leverkusen in August, however, the 28-year-old Mexico international has started in all but three of his 28 Bundesliga appearances and scored 17 goals.

"If I'd had more chances at United or Real, I'd probably have been 'the star' there as well," he said. "We'll never know."

Telegraph.co.uk

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