Jose Mourinho vetoes Ryan Giggs as Manchester United assistant manager

by Sam Peoples

Jose Mourinho has vetoed Ryan Giggs taking up a position as his assistant at Manchester United over fears that the club legend could become a rival for the manager role, according to The Times.

Mourinho is reluctant to have Giggs as his No.2 as the former Man United winger has made no secret of his desire to one day take over at Old Trafford. Instead, Mourinho demands unswerving loyalty from his staff and he only employs personnel that are dedicating to fulfilling his needs.

Mourinho is also said to be worried about Giggs’ close relationship with Paul Scholes, who has been critical of previous managers David Moyes and Louis van Gaal in the past.

Giggs had served as assistant under Moyes and van Gaal but Mourinho believes, having observed the body language of the 42-year-old on the touchline, that he was not fully supportive of either man.

Mourinho has made no contact with Giggs since taking charge of United last month. Giggs is currently in Dubai, mulling over an offer from Ed Woodward to take a lesser role within the academy structure.

It would be a huge shame for Giggs’ 29-year association with United to come to an end but perhaps a move elsewhere, to gain experience, will be best for the Welshman. If he is a success, the United job will be there for him in the future.

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