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Ryan Giggs left Manchester United after spending 29 years at the club and the new appointed Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho revealed the reason why Welsman’s decides to leave to the Old Trafford.
The former winger was a part of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal’s coaching staff, when the two managers were in charge of the club. However, the Dutchman was replaced by Mourinho in May, the position which was reportedly eyed by Giggs.
Since the Old Trafford outfits decided against appointing the co-owner of Salford City as their manager, Giggs, the Red Devils most decorated player made his decision to leave the 20-time English champions for a managerial role at some other club.
Mourinho was quoted saying via United’s official website, “On Ryan Giggs, I want to make clear that it is not my responsibility that he is no longer at the club. The job Ryan wanted is the job the club decided to give to me. This is not my fault. The club, for reasons of their own, decided that the job was for me,”
“From that moment, Ryan decided that he wanted to be a manager, just as I did 16 years ago. There is always a moment like this for coaches.”
The 53-year-old manager was also an assistant manager to Van Gaal at Barcelona and he left the La Liga champions in pursuit of a managerial which he found at Benfica, although, the managing the Turkish club did not last long.
However, after Portuguese boss impressed at União de Leiria, he was appointed as manager of FC Porto, it was during his managerial role with the Portuguese club he announced his arrival to the world of football when his side knocked out Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in the Champions League.
In the same year, Mourinho went on to win the competition for the Porto, before he made his move to Chelsea.
Since and during his entire time with Porto, he has enjoyed his coaching stay with the Portuguese club as well as in Chelsea, Inter Milan and during his time with Real Madrid. Mourinho has backed Giggs’ decision to leave Old Trafford in pursuit of a managerial role elsewhere.
In his assertions on why Giggs left Old Trafford, he’s also opened the door and promise to welcome him wholeheartedly should he decide to return and rejoin his former club.
“The club wanted to give him an important job, but he made a brave decision. It is not easy – I left Barcelona with two years left on my contract as their assistant manager,” the former Chelsea boss said.
“For Ryan, it is not just the step of going from assistant to manager; it is also leaving his house of 29 years. He has made a brave, honest decision and I say good luck to him.
“If one day he wants to come back whilst I am here then I will never stop him; I will always say yes if the club asks my opinion. If one day the club offers him the chance to be the manager, I think it will be natural and a consequence of the success of his managerial career.”