Manchester United will be appointing a manager with a “track record in winning” if they appoint Jose Mourinho, according to Rio Ferdinand.
The former United defender admitted that the Portuguese’s experience makes him less of a risk than Ryan Giggs, another candidate to replace Louis van Gaal.
Ferdinand compared the two in an interview with NDTV and revealed Giggs’ long-term relationship with United makes him a worthwhile prospect.
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The 37-year-old said: “Jose Mourinho’s name is getting mentioned. If you want someone who’s got a career track record in winning in the Premier League and various other countries, then he’s that guy.
“But if you want someone who understands the philosophy, who’s respectful of the philosophy, who identifies with the fans, knows the place inside out, whose going to be a bigger risk, then Ryan Giggs is that guy.”
Ferdinand calling Giggs a bigger risk than Mourinho is significant. The Welshman’s experience as a manager is limited to four games as interim manager following David Moyes’ sacking in 2014, but Mourinho has hardly done himself any favours after causing a rift in Chelsea’s locker room earlier this season.
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It looks unlikely that Giggs will be given the United hotseat. According to the Mirror, personal terms between Mourinho and United have been agreed in principle. The former Chelsea boss will sign a three-year deal worth £15 million per year, the exact same contract his rival Pep Guardiola has signed at neighbours Manchester City.
Where that will leave Giggs isn’t clear. The winger played 24 seasons at Old Trafford before serving as Moyes’ assistant and staying to join Van Gaal’s team.
However, Giggs could be forced out if Rui Faria, who has followed Mourinho at every club he’s managed, is brought in.
Having served in nearly three trophy-less seasons at United, Giggs will have gained little knowledge in building and coaching a successful team. Yet his reputation and experience working with Sir Alex Ferguson and Van Gaal will mean he is likely to receive several high-profile offers.
It just means his fairytale appointment as manager of United will have to wait a few years.