Ryan Giggs said to be "very unhappy" with Manchester United demotion

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Jose Mourinho is finally the manager of Manchester United. An official confirmation from the club on Friday morning brought an end to months of speculation and Red Devils fans up and down the country are rejoicing.

One man who won't be happy, however, is the Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs. Pretty much every report has suggested that the Welshman has lost his job as a result of Mourinho's arrival.

The Special One has brought his own backroom team with him for every job since 2002 and Rui Faria has always been his right-hand man. As he draws out plans for his Old Trafford career, nothing is going to change about that.


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However, Mourinho understands what an important figure Giggs is to both the squad and the fans. He has been associated with the club for 29 consecutive years, winning a medal in every one of United's 13 Premier League triumphs in 963 appearances.

In 2009, Mourinho said of Giggs: "What can you say about a man who has won 10 Premier League titles? The proof is in his medals. Yes, maybe we are talking about the greatest Premier League player of all time. At the very least no player has contributed so much to a single Premier League club as Ryan Giggs has to Manchester United."

As a result, the Portuguese was ready to offer Giggs a prominent role in his set-up, albeit nothing like the No.2 position he enjoyed for two years under Louis van Gaal. Some reports have suggested he will be offered the Under-21 manager's job, but it appears nothing other than a place on the front bench will do.

'Very unhappy'

According to The Times, Giggs is incredibly close to leaving Old Trafford after being left "very unhappy" with the offer put in front of him by Mourinho. Indeed, any suggestion of a demotion is unacceptable to the Welshman.

To be fair to him, until Mourinho became Manchester United's object of desire, it was believed that he would be handed the opportunity to manage his boyhood club as early as 2017. Van Gaal was supposed to be grooming him to become top dog but the Dutchman's demise has since cost him that chance.

Pastures new

It now seems inevitable that Giggs will walk out on the club he has grown up playing for and look to continue his coaching career elsewhere. Whether that will be as a manager or another assistant job, it remains to be seen.

He may struggle to get the chance to manage in the Premier League but could probably land a job in the Championship on reputation alone. The bigger question will be whether he ever returns to the Old Trafford home dressing room or not.

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