When Louis van Gaal was sacked as Manchester United manager, the thoughts of fans turned immediately to Ryan Giggs.
Giggs was handed the assistant manager role by Van Gaal in 2014 but, with Jose Mourinho’s imminent arrival, reports suggested that he would be replaced.
Rui Faria has been Mourinho’s right-hand man throughout the Special One’s career, helping him at Porto, Chelsea, Inter, Real Madrid and Chelsea again.
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With Faria set to join Mourinho at Old Trafford, where does that leave Giggs?
Well, reports suggested that the Welshman wasn’t willing to remain at the club but it’s been reported that Mourinho is keen to keep him at the club in some capacity.
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And now, The Sun are reporting exactly what role Mourinho is willing to offer Giggs.
They suggest that the club legend will be asked to become the new boss of United’s Under-21s.
While this may be viewed as a step down from assistant manager, it hands Giggs the ideal platform to begin a career in management. The job may become available with the current Under-21 boss Warren Joyce reportedly being approached by Blackburn.
It’s still unclear whether Giggs will accept this offer from Mourinho or if he’ll attempt to start a career from himself at an alternative club.
It’s hardly a surprise that Mourinho wants to keep the former winger at the club. Giggs has 29-year association with Manchester United and deciding that he’s surplus to requirements immediately after joining isn’t the best way to adhere yourself to the Old Trafford faithful.
Therefore, he has left the ball very firmly in Giggs’ court, leaving the decision whether to stay or remain at the club entirely up to him.
One man who is convinced Giggs should end his long spell at the club is former United academy graduate Robbie Savage.
Savage believes that Giggs should have already been offered the United hotseat and thinks it’s time for him to start his managerial career.
"I feel sorry for Giggsy," Savage said.
"I believe when Fergie went they should have been brave and given him the job instead of Moyes and then they should have given it to him when Van Gaal got it.
"So now he's been overlooked again, that's three times now. I think on one of those occasions he should have got it. He knows Manchester United off by heart.
"If I was Giggsy now I would look to start my career as a manager somewhere else.
"If it's lower down fine, as low down as he wants to manage, but don't forget he's got terrific experience and what he's won as a player is second to none.”
So, does Giggs take the Under 21 job or leave the club he loves? Time will tell.