Sir Alex Ferguson is reported to have ‘surrendered’ his efforts to get Ryan Giggs appointed Manchester United boss as Jose Mourinho prepares to take over.
There have been conflicting reports for months regarding United’s plans for the future, with some sources certain Mourinho will be appointed, others suggesting Giggs was a preferred choice for many at Old Trafford, but Louis van Gaal continuing to insist he expects to remain in charge.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Ferguson is opposed to Mourinho taking over and is among ‘several United ambassadors’ to insist Giggs should inherit the manager’s role from Van Gaal, something the Welshman and current assistant is keen to do.
However, an ‘increased confidence’ from Mourinho that he will replace Van Gaal have apparently led to Ferguson and Giggs ‘surrendering’ their efforts, with the 42-year-old now facing the possibility of leaving the club altogether in the summer, with Mourinho expected to appoint his own backroom staff.
The Portuguese has not signed a contract with the club, the MEN says, but his agent Jorge Mendes is believed to have touched base with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward for firmer guarantees he will become manager, leading to the renewed belief.