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Giggs may quit United if Mourinho is hired


Michael Emenalo and Jose Mourinho at the Stamford Bridge

Michael Emenalo and Jose Mourinho at the Stamford Bridge

Manchester United will reportedly lose club icon Ryan Giggs if they appoint Jose Mourinho as manager this summer.

Speculation has swirled throughout the year about the Portuguese potentially taking over from Louis van Gaal at the end of the campaign.

According to Steve Bates in the Sunday People (h/t the Sunday Mirror), getting him on board will prompt the end of Giggs’ long association with the Old Trafford outfit.

“Giggs has been urged by his Class of ‘92 pals to quit Old Trafford this summer and make his way in management at a new club,” added Bates. “…

Giggs is agonising about whether to make the break now with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward unwilling to guarantee him the job once Van Gaal eventually goes.”

Bates added that one of the main concerns for Giggs is leaving United and failing in his next job, thus eradicating any shot he may have of taking the post at Old Trafford in the future.

Van Gaal could still feasibly steer United to the UEFA Champions League and an FA Cup win this season, but Mourinho’s spectre has been looming over Old Trafford throughout the campaign.

The Dutchman has earned favour this term due to his willingness to give young players a run in the side, with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Timothy Fosu-Mensah all excelling under his guidance. But there were long spells earlier in the season when the Red Devils fans had to sit through some sterile performances.

Mourinho, after all, is available, is proven in English football and has shown time after time, despite the evident baggage he brings, that he’s a winner.

• Culled from Sunday

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