Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is set to leave Old Trafford in favour of a new challenge, according to the Mirror.
The report claims that the Welshman, who has been involved in the United setup for the past 29-years, is set to depart after Jose Mourinho was confirmed as the club's new manager.
Giggs served as the Red Devils' No.2 under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal but was seemingly offered a lesser role by former Chelsea manager Mourinho.
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Indeed, the report from the Mirror claims that the club offered their former midfielder a role within the Academy.
With Mourinho set to bring in his own backroom staff, it appears that Giggs is set for pastures new as he attempts to begin his managerial career. Rui Faria, who has enjoyed a great deal of success under the guidance of Mourinho, looks set to replace Giggs as United's assistant manager.
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Giggs set to move on
It will certainly prove an emotional moment for Giggs, who has dedicated his entire career to United.
In all honesty, though, it's not exactly surprising that the club's record appearance holder finally looks set to embark on a new challenge.
It has been well documented that he was hoping to take on the manager's role at the Theatre of Dreams and he has been overlooked on two occasions.
Perhaps, then, the Welshman will prove his credentials elsewhere before eventually taking on the top job at United.
Schmeichel has his say
United legend Peter Schmeichel has already backed Giggs to leave the club, claiming that he should 'go away' and prove himself.
The ex-United shot-stopper previously told Sky Sports: "There are two sides; the club side and the Ryan side. I think Ryan's big dream is to one day manage United.
"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 think, for him, it would be a good idea to go somewhere else. On the other hand, Ryan is a culture bearer. He is someone who has been at the club for a very long time, and it's so important that we have that within the staff.
"He is someone who knows what the club is, knows the tradition and history - knows everything about it. Whatever he decides, it's down to him and, whatever he decides, I think that will be the right decision.
"But 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."
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