Even before Jose Mourinho was officially confirmed as Manchester United manager, there were already question marks surrounding Ryan Giggs’ future.
The Welshman had been Louis van Gaal’s assistant manager for the previous two campaigns taking his involvement with the club as player and a staff member to 29 years.
But Giggs was never going to continue in that role under Mourinho with the Portuguese bringing in his trusted right-hand man, Rui Faria.
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Faria has been ‘The Special One’s’ assistant throughout his career at will join him at Old Trafford next season. But, given his legendary status at the club, Mourinho wanted to keep Giggs but could only offer him a coaching role.
While it hasn’t been officially confirmed that Giggs has rejected the chance to remain at the club, Sky Sports have reported that he will leave this summer due to his desire to become a manager.
It must have been a tough decision for Giggs to make - being offered a chance to remain at the club he loves to work under one of the best coaches in world football.
But his decision is an honourable one. After an illustrious career for United where he won 13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two Champions Leagues he's decided it's time to leave.
Having made a name for himself as a player, he feels it’s time to embark on a new challenge rather than remain at Old Trafford.
Giggs was appointed player-coach in July 2013 under David Moyes after Sir Alex Ferguson had retired. He helped Moyes during a difficult campaign and took over as interim manager for the final four league matches when the Scot was dismissed.
However, United chiefs looked to Van Gaal instead of appointing Giggs on a permanent basis with the 42-year-old being named as the new assistant manager.
Another two underwhelming seasons ensued and, after Van Gaal was sacked, Giggs may have thought he was the ideal candidate for the job.
However, they overlooked him for the second time and opted for Mourinho.
It would have been interesting to see if Giggs would be willing to stay if Mourinho had told him to remain as assistant manager but you really can’t blame him for wanting to leave after being offered a lesser role.
After three seasons working as a coach and then assistant manager for the Red Devils, there will no doubt be plenty of clubs willing to give Giggs a chance of management.
His association with Manchester United may be coming to an end, but his managerial career is just about to begin.