Jose Mourinho is expected to be announced as the new Manchester United boss this week, and he would like to find space for Ryan Giggs.
The Welshman served as assistant manager to Louis van Gaal prior to the Dutchman’s sacking on Monday, but there have been suggestions that he could contemplate his future moving forward.
Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes, is expected to be in Manchester on Tuesday to begin concrete talks with United executive vice-chairman over a deal to bring in the Portuguese tactician, and it seems unlikely that Giggs will hold on to his former position.
According to Sky Sports, Mourinho will bring with him his trusted group of coaching staff, including Rui Faria, who he has worked with since 2001 at a string of clubs including Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid.
With Faria expected to take up the position as assistant manager, it leaves Giggs in a tough position even though Mourinho is willing to find a role for him within his staff.
The 42-year-old has long been linked with the top United job, but after being snubbed again in favour of Mourinho, it remains to be seen how long he will be kept waiting.
In turn, there is an argument to suggest that he would benefit from leaving Old Trafford and gaining experience in a top job elsewhere before returning to United in the future.
While he would undoubtedly continue to gain more knowledge and a winning pedigree under Mourinho’s tutelage, if he is indeed to be demoted to a lesser role, then it is debatable as to how much work and influence he will really have at United moving forward.
That will be up to Giggs to determine what he would prefer to do, but the offer from Mourinho is likely to be there albeit not with the role that the former winger would have hoped for.