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Sir Alex Ferguson defends Jose Mourinho's decision to not retain Ryan Giggs

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Much has been made of Jose Mourinho’s decision not to retain Ryan Giggs as Manchester United’s assistant manager.

The Welshman ended his 29-year stay at Old Trafford as Mourinho prepares to bring Rui Faria, his trusted right-hand man, to United.

It seemed poetic that Giggs would develop from stunning player into knowledgable coach and eventually United’s manager. He may return in that capacity one day but for now, Giggs’ future lies elsewhere.


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The 42-year-old penned an emotional letter as he announced his exit from the club, claiming he is “excited about the future”.

And, though plenty of fans would have loved to have seen Giggs work under Mourinho, Sir Alex Ferguson feels his former player made the right choice.

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The pair won 13 Premier League titles together as United dominated the Premier League in the 1990s and 2000s.

That era of success is over and, as Mourinho prepares his own revolution, Ferguson is happy that Giggs is going his own way.

"It is time Ryan stood on his own feet, got out there and accepted the challenge,” the 74-year-old told BBC Sport.

"I talk about his poker face. He has a bit of steel about him.

"It is such a highly intense results industry, you need people who go into it to have a bit of steel about them, a bit of character and personality."

Manchester United player Ryan Giggs (L)


Faria was first employed by Mourinho in 2001 when he was the manager of Portuguese side Uniao Leiria. Since then, Faria has followed him at every club he has been in charge of.

Though Ferguson defended Mourinho’s decision to go with his trusted ally, he reckons the former Chelsea boss would have stuck with Giggs if Faria wasn’t a factor.

The United legend added: “You have got to have, in your assistant, someone you have trusted all your life.

"When I came to United, I brought Archie Knox because he was a valuable person for me. I trusted him 100%. Jose Mourinho has had his assistant for years and, quite rightly, has stuck by his own man.

"If Jose hadn't had an assistant, I know he would have taken Ryan."

Chelsea's Portugese Manager Jose Mourinh

Giggs has spent the past three seasons under the tutelage of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal and even managed United for four games at the end of the 2013-14 season.

And the fact that he has Ferguson’s backing will fill him with great confidence.

The Scot, who retired in 2013, wants Giggs to carefully consider his next club.

"I think he is ready to manage and he has a lot of quality,” Ferguson added. "He doesn't want to spoil that quality by going to a club where it is sacking a manager every two minutes."

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