Ryan Giggs is set to end his 29-year association with Manchester United by leaving this summer, according to widespread reports.
According to the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror and a number of other outlets, Giggs will leave the club this summer after being “overlooked” for a second time for the top job.
Jose Mourinho was appointed to replace Louis Van Gaal and with Mourinho expected to bring in his own backroom staff and Rui Faria expected to become his assistant manager once more. That would mean Giggs would be shoved down the pecking order at Old Trafford – a scenario the Welshman will not allow to happen.
The Mail reports Giggs is now “ready to make his managerial bow” and will leave with a bitter taste in his mouth with “an element of a gentleman’s understanding, that would have seen the former winger take over from Van Gaal, being reneged upon”.
It is thought that while United retain the hope that Giggs will accept a new role, either in the Academy or a link between the Under-21 team and the first XI, they would understand if he opted to leave.
One source quoted in the Mail said they would be “very, very surprised” if Giggs were to stay at the club.
Giggs joined United aged 14, and played 963 games for the club during the most successful period in its history.
The 42-year-old was moved to a role as player-assistant manager in 2013 under David Moyes, but the Scot’s reign ended in failure and Giggs was installed for the final four matches of the season.
Van Gaal was then installed as manager in summer 2014 with Giggs retiring from playing and concentrating on his role as an assistant, with the belief that he would succeed the Dutchman at the end of his three-year tenure.