This week, Ryan Giggs ended his 29-year association with Manchester United.
During a club record 963 appearances, Giggs won 13 Premier Leagues, four FA Cups and two Champions Leagues. Also, towards the end of his time at the club, Giggs became a player/coach before being interim manager following David Moyes’ sacking. The Welshman spent the previous two campaigns as Louis van Gaal’s assistant manager.
But, after the appointment of Jose Mourinho, Giggs’ time at the club was always going to be in danger. The Special One has taken Rui Faria with him during his previous roles meaning Mourinho could only offer Giggs a lesser coaching role.
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However, Sir Alex Ferguson has now revealed the person that advised him to sign Giggs as a 14-year-old - and it wasn’t a scout. Even before he was a teenager, Giggs was showing incredible talent but he was turning out for arch-rivals Manchester City during his early days.
Luckily, someone told Ferguson to steal him for their 'noisy neighbours.'
Ferguson on signing Giggs
"We always had a few scouts who claimed they were the one who discovered Giggsy," Ferguson said, per ESPN.
"They probably did, but they never acted on what they saw.
"It was actually a steward who first told me it was a disgrace that this Manchester United fan was training down the road at City.
"You knew right away, the way he ran across the ground, that he was something else. He was like a Cocker Spaniel chasing a piece of silver in the wind. His feet never seemed to touch the ground and that was the start of it all."
So, according to Ferguson, United have a steward to thank for them snapping up a young Giggs. Well played that man.
Mourinho on Giggs
Upon leaving the Theatre of Dreams, Giggs will now pursue a career in management. But Mourinho, who held his first press conference as Manchester United’s manager today, insisted that he had nothing to do with Giggs’ departure.
"I never run away from my responsibilities but I can say that it's not my responsibility that Ryan Giggs is not in the club,” he said.
"The job that Ryan wanted to have was the one they have given to me. It's not my fault. He wanted to be manager of Manchester United.
"He could be whatever he wanted in the club; they wanted to give him any important job, but he made a decision.
"Ryan wants to be a manager. Like 16 years ago, when I decided myself that I wanted to be a manager. Ryan has made his decision.
"I had two years on my contract left at Barcelona, when I was assistant. Do you think it was easy for me to leave that stability and take up a new fight? It's not easy.
"Ryan has been honest and good luck [to him], and if he wants to come back one day when I am here then I will never stop him, and I will say 'yes' if the club asks my opinion.
"And if he comes back as a manager it will be something natural and a consequence of his success as a manager."