Ryan Giggs may well be the most decorated player in Manchester United's history, but it appears that his Old Trafford career was always going to come to an end when the club appointed Jose Mourinho as their new manager.
That's because, as reported by the Daily Mail, the self-proclaimed Special One craves complete loyalty from his staff and wasn't sure whether Giggs, who acted as the club's assistant manager under both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, would be able to offer it to him.
Giggs, 42, officially departed Old Trafford on Saturday after a remarkable 29-year spell with the club. It's fair to say, then, that Mourinho was always intent on making Rui Faria, his long-serving ally, his No.2.
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The United legend may have never really stood a chance under Mourinho and the Daily Mail claim that the Portuguese tactician held reservations over Giggs' personal ambitions and a perceived lack of support for both Moyes and Van Gaal.
The report also states that Mourinho viewed Giggs as a link to the past and the new United boss shared his thoughts to the club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
Giggs, of course, was seemingly in the frame to replace Van Gaal as United manager, so you can't exactly blame Mourinho for having doubts over the loyalty of the former winger.
In all honesty, Giggs' decision to move on was probably for the best. After three years of coaching experience in Manchester, now appears to be the right time for him to become a manager.
Mourinho, meanwhile, is quickly changing the dynamic of the team that he has inherited. Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly arrived from Spanish outfit Villarreal, while enigmatic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has also joined the ranks on a free transfer.
At 34-years-old, Ibrahimovic may well be approaching the latter stages of his career, but he's still perceived as one of the leading strikers in world football.
And then there's Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Bundesliga outfit revealed on Saturday that they had agreed on a deal with the Red Devils for the 27-year-old, so it only appears to be a matter of time before he becomes Mourinho's latest signing.
Manchester United fans: what did you make of the decision for Giggs to depart your club? Have your say below!
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