Saturday 21 April 2018

Ryan Giggs expected to confirm he is leaving Man Utd - reports

Ryan Giggs. Photo: Reuters
Ryan Giggs. Photo: Reuters
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Ryan Giggs is expected to bring down the curtain on his 29-year association with Manchester United in the coming days, according to widespread reports.

A 13-time Premier League winner as a player at United, the Old Trafford icon has served as a coach at the club under managers David Moyes and Louis van Gaal in the last three years and has made it clear that he was keen to be given a chance to take over as the club’s next manager.

Jose Mourinho and Ryan Giggs
Jose Mourinho and Ryan Giggs

Yet that dream was snatched away from him as Jose Mourinho was confirmed as the new United manager last week, with Giggs offered a demoted role in the new coaching set-up at the club.

With Mourinho’s trusted sidekick Rui Faria certain to be appointed as United’s new assistant manager, Giggs is said to be unhappy with the position he has been offered as the club look to a new future under the former Chelsea manager.

That looks set to spell the end of his time at United, with the Welshman ready to confirm that he will look to launch his own management career away from the club he has been associated with since he signed for as a player on his 14th birthday.

Giggs is now expected to follow the advice of a number of his former United team-mates, who have suggested the moment is right for him to severe his ties with the club in the hope of returning one day as manager.

“I think Ryan’s big dream is to one day manage United,” said ex-United keeper Peter Schmeichel last month.

“To be equipped to do that, he has to go away and be a manager at other clubs - standing on his own two feet, making decisions, producing results, getting his own ideas in - rather than step-up from being assistant.

“I would like to see him go away and come back some day prepared for the challenge because we’ve seen that, in the last three years at United, it’s a hard job to be manager there. It’s not something you can just step up and do.”

Sources confirmed to last month that Mourinho was keen to include a United legend in a high profile position on his coaching set-up, with Rio Ferdinand linked with a role at Old Trafford in recent days.

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