Jose Mourinho on Ryan Giggs' departure: "It's not my fault"

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Football fans were understandably excited ahead of Jose Mourinho's first press conference as Manchester United manager - and he didn't fail to deliver.

The outspoken Portuguese discussed everything from how it feels to take over at Old Trafford to Wayne Rooney's future at the club.

One topic that was of particular interest was Mourinho's take on Ryan Giggs' recent decision to leave United after 29 years at the club.


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After being told he wouldn't succeed Louis van Gaal as boss, Giggs called it quits in a bid to kickstart a career in management.

And when Mourinho was asked for his stance on the Welshman's departure, he began by saying: "It's not my fault." Watch the interview below.


He added, per Sky Sports: "I want to make it clear I never run away from my responsibilities, but it is not my responsibility that Ryan is not in the club.

"The job that Ryan wanted is the job that the club decided to give to me.

"Ryan wanted to be Manchester United manager, and the club, for the reasons that only the club, the owners, Mr Woodward and the board can tell you, they decided the job was for me."

That appears to be that, then.


But what will Mourinho's first couple of months look like at Old Trafford? Well, the players that didn't take part in a major tournament this summer are set to return for pre-season training on Wednesday.

That will include the likes of Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and Phil Jones, who will all be desperate to impress the Special One.

Mourinho's first game in charge of the Red Devils will come in just 17 days time against German outfit Borussia Dortmund in China. It's fair to say that his second game at the helm - a showdown with Pep Guardiola and Manchester City - will take centre stage on July 25.

United will take on Everton at Old Trafford on August 3 for Rooney's testimonial, before battling Premier League champions Leicester City in the Community Shield at Wembley on August 7.

Mourinho's first Premier League game for United will come at the Vitality Stadium against Bournemouth on August 13.

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