Jose Mourinho looks set to be snubbed by Manchester United for a second time, with his expected summer move to Old Trafford now in real doubt.
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, United are ready to make Ryan Giggs their new manager if they part company with Louis van Gaal this summer.
The report adds that the Glazer family, United’s owners, have already “taken steps” towards promoting Giggs from his current role as assistant manager.
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If correct, this leaves Mourinho facing an uncertain future.
Realistically, there are only two clubs the Portuguese coach could end up next season if the Red Devils opt against appointing him.
Mourinho to PSG or Real Madrid?
One is Paris Saint-Germain, whose current boss Laurent Blanc faces an uncertain future after his side were knocked out of the Champions League by Manchester City earlier this week.
And the other is Real Madrid, whose president Florentino Perez remains a fan of the former Chelsea coach.
Zidane fighting for his future
Whether Perez goes back for Mourinho, who coached Los Blancos between 2010 and 2013, will ultimately depend on how Zinedine Zidane finishes the season.
The inexperienced French coach was under pressure following last week’s surprise 2-0 defeat to Wolfsburg in the Champions League but turned it around on Tuesday back at the Bernabeu.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick means Real Madrid will be in the draw for the semi-finals; furthermore, Zidane’s men suddenly have a fresh opportunity to challenge for La Liga following Barcelona’s recent slip-up.
Van Gaal fighting for his future, too
Like Zidane, Van Gaal is fighting for his future over at Manchester United.
The veteran Dutch coach is keen to see out the third and final year of his contract before retiring and alleviated the pressure on his shoulders with an important win over West Ham in the FA Cup quarter-final replay at Upton Park on Wednesday evening.
Whether he is allowed to stay on at Old Trafford, however, could ultimately rest on United securing Champions League football for next season.
David Moyes was sacked in April 2014 after it became mathematically impossible for the Red Devils to secure a top-four finish and Van Gaal has his work cut out to help United finish above local rivals Manchester City, who currently occupy that all-important fourth spot.
Giggs would undoubtedly be a risky appointment for the Premier League giants, but Marca understand that Manchester United are wary of Mourinho overshadowing the club if they turn to him.
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