Tuesday 21 August 2018

Ryan Giggs set to turn down Jose Mourinho's coaching offer and leave Man United after 29 years - report

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With Jose Mourinho set to be imminently announced as Louis van Gaal's successor at Manchester United, the focus now shifts to the future of Ryan Giggs.

The Old Trafford legend has been affiliated with the club since 1987 and was tipped by many to succeed van Gaal when the Dutchman's contract ended in 2017.

However, two sub-standard campaigns has seen United bosses bring forward van Gaal's departure date and rather than hand to job to Giggs after a two-season coaching apprenticeship, ex-Chelsea boss Mourinho is set to be handed the role.

Read more: Revealed: The inside story of Louis van Gaal's sensational dressing room meltdown at Man United

The decision will feel like a slap in the face for Giggs, who has served as assistant manager since the summer of 2014 as well as coaching the last four games of the previous season after David Moyes was sacked, having served as a player/coach under the Scotsman.

The Sun are reporting that although Mourinho is set to offer the Welshman a similar role in his new Man United regime, Giggs will turn down the offer as he feels he has earned the right to be a manger rather than an assistant.

United fans would be sad to lose Giggs after 27 years of service to the club but that is just further collateral damage in a move that has sent shock waves throughout the Premier League.

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