One of the first jobs Jose Mourinho had on his hands at Manchester United was to attempt to convince Ryan Giggs to remain at the club.
The Welshman had been at the Old Trafford club for 29 years, playing 963 games and winning 34 trophies.
But Giggs wasn’t only just a player at the Theatre of Dreams. Under David Moyes, he became a player/coach and, then, under Louis van Gaal he was his assistant manager.
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But soon after Mourinho was appointed this summer, Giggs’ three-decade association with the club ended.
Giggs has made it no secret that he wanted the managerial job at United but, after being snubbed twice in favour of Van Gaal and Mourinho, the Welshman realised he must leave the club to embark on his managerial career.
Also, with Mourinho bringing in his trusted right-hand man in Rui Faria, the role of assistant manager was no longer available meaning he had very little alternative but to leave.
Giggs is still looking for his first job in management after being overlooked for the Swansea role but he’s revealed exactly why he had to leave United this summer.
"It was the right time. There was a new manager and a new coaching staff," he explained, per Manchester Evening News.
"It was a brilliant two years education wise, but it was a tough two years. I was ready for a break away from football."
As mentioned, Giggs attempted to start his career in management with Premier League side Swansea but American Bob Bradley was preferred with many reports suggesting the reason he missed out on the role was because of an underwhelming interview.
But the former winger insists that he wants to make a career in the managerial world with his ultimate goal being boss at his former club or his country.
"I've always said for me, and for most people, you always want to manage the club you've played at,” he said.
"If you ask Steven Gerrard, he will want to manage Liverpool or England, and it's the same for me with United and Wales.
"I played at United for so long, if the opportunity came to manage them it would be the ultimate."