Board Under Pressure: Ryan Giggs Will Leave Old Trafford if Mourinho is Appointed

Manchester United assistant boss Ryan Giggs is reportedly reluctant to do another stint as United caretaker boss and could leave if he is asked to remain in the same position after Louis van Gaal’s exit.

United directors are increasingly getting concerned that they could lose club legend Giggs in the pending Old Trafford shake-up, with Van Gaal struggling to save his job.

Giggs may leave Old Trafford to realize his own management ambition elsewhere having already served as an assistant under David Moyes and Van Gaal.

The 42-year-old was appointed interim boss when Moyes was dismissed in April 2014 after the club realized there would miss Champions League place.

Although former Chelsea boss has been viewed as potential candidate to take up the managerial job at United after Van Gaal, Giggs believes Van Gaal’s exit should serve as an opportunity to start as a full manager at Old Trafford.

Giggs has been endorsed by several United legends and key figures as the right candidate for the managerial position.

Former United defender Rio Ferdinand claimed that Giggs should be appointed manager if the club wants to stick to its traditions [glory]: “Jose Mourinho’s name is getting mentioned. If you want someone who’s got a career track record in winning in the Premier League and various other countries, then he’s that guy.

“But if you want someone who understands the philosophy, whose respectful of the philosophy, who identifies with the fans, knows the place inside out, who’s going to be a bigger risk, then Ryan Giggs is that guy.”

Van Gaal has also said that he admires Giggs and considers him as a key part of his career at United.  Besides, speaking during an interview with Sky Sports, former United winger Lee Sharpe has backed Giggs to be a success should he been appointed the Red Devils manager.

Sharpe said: “The man’s a legend and to go in there and fail after six months to get the sack, it ruins his credibility a little bit. But I do think he’s got as good a chance as anybody of being a success at Old Trafford.
“He knows the club. He knows what it needs. I just hope he’s get someone in around him who’s a bit more experienced to help him out. I think he’d be great.”