Ryan Giggs is set to end his 29-year association with Manchester United by leaving this summer, according to reports.
Giggs joined United aged 14, and played 963 games for the club during the most successful period in its history.
The Welshman was moved to a role as player-assistant manager in 2013 under David Moyes, but the Scot’s reign failed to the extent that Giggs managed the final four matches of the season.
Louis van Gaal was then installed as manager in summer 2014 with Giggs retiring from playing and concentrating on his role as an assistant, with the belief that he would succeed the Dutchman at the end of his three-year tenure.
According to the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror and numerous other outlets however, Giggs will leave the club this summer after being ‘overlooked’ once again for the manager’s role, with Jose Mourinho having been appointed to replace Van Gaal.
Mourinho will install his own backroom staff, with Rui Faria expected to become his assistant manager once more, meaning Giggs must accept a lesser role to remain at Old Trafford.
According to the Mail, United have offered Giggs a role ‘aimed at connecting the Under 21s with the first-team’. The Mirror add that it ‘is understood to be within the Academy’, which is run by former teammate Nicky Butt.
It is thought that while United retain the hope that Giggs will accept a new role and remain at the club, they would understand if he opted to leave.
While Giggs is ‘reluctant’ to leave Old Trafford, the 42-year-old is said to be frustrated at being ‘overlooked’ for the top role once again.
The Mail report that ‘there is an element of a gentleman’s understanding, that would have seen the former winger take over from Van Gaal, being reneged upon’.
One source told the Mail that they would be ‘very, very surprised’ if Giggs were to stay at the club. Everton, Blackburn, Leeds and Oldham are mentioned in passing with regards to his next destination, this time as manager.