Wednesday 28 September 2016

Ryan Giggs' explanation for his Man United departure is very different to Jose Mourinho's

Published 06/07/2016 | 08:14

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho (R) protests during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on October 26, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho (R) protests during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on October 26, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Weeks after his appointment, Jose Mourinho's long-awaited debut press conference as Manchester United manager didn't disappoint, with the Special One divulging interesting information on a number of important topics ahead of his first season in the Old Trafford dugout.

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The Portuguese tactician vehemently defended his youth policy yesterday afternoon - or more specifically, that he actually has one - while also firmly stating that he has no intention of continuing Wayne Rooney's Euro 2016 midfield stint when the Premier League gets back underway.

Read more: Jose Mourinho has a definitive view on the Wayne Rooney midfield experiment 

Mourinho also answered questions on the departure of Ryan Giggs after a 29-year stint at the club as both a player and a coach. It is no secret that the Welshman wanted the United manager's job following the sacking of Louis van Gaal, with Mourinho giving the subsequent snub as the reason why Giggs turned down a senior coaching position on his staff.

He said: "It is not my responsibility that Ryan is not in the club. The job Ryan wanted is the job the club decided to give me. It is not my fault. Ryan wanted to be Man United manager."

Given that Giggs wants to pursue a career in management, it isn't exactly surprising that he departed once he was passed over for the top job, but according to one report, the United legend is reportedly angry about Mourinho's description of events.

The Times say that Giggs was 'shocked' by Mourinho's claim that a top assistant's role was offered, as friends of the Welshman are alleged to have told the paper that club bosses only spoke to Louis van Gaal's former assistant about a 'vague development role with no first-team responsibilities'.

The report goes on to say that Giggs would have considered staying on under Mourinho as his assistant to continue his managerial apprenticeship - if he had been offered the chance.

Mourinho is a master of controlling the media so it is unsurprising that the new Man United manager wanted to get his version of events out in the public rather than wait for Giggs to tell his side of the story.

However, with Giggs set to be on punditry duty on ITV tonight for Wales v Belgium, we might yet hear a differing opinion on his departure rather than the one offered by Mourinho yesterday.

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