Ryan Giggs will meet Jose Mourinho this week to decide his future at Manchester United. Giggs, 42, will sit down with the new manager and executive vice chairman Ed Woodward to discuss his future amid speculation he is poised to make an exit. Many expect the Old Trafford legend to leave the club after 29 years to pursue a career in management. Mourinho is likely to bring in long-term collaborator Rui Faria as assistant manager, the role Giggs occupied under Louis van Gaal. The former Chelsea man will be eager to keep the United legend at the club but may have to accept that he is unhappy to have been offered a diminished role.
Despite an attachment to the club lasting over a quarter of a century, Giggs is eager to prove himself as a manager in his own right. Overlooked for the manager job twice at United, he may now choose to follow this ambition elsewhere. His departure would be an early blow to the fledgling Mourinho regime. Rumours abound that influential members of the squad saw Giggs as the natural choice to take over after the sacking of Louis van Gaal.
Should the Welshman choose to move on, Mourinho will lose a valuable link to the squad and the history of the club. Fans will also be uneasy at the prospect of waving goodbye to a United hero. Mourinho will hope the opportunity to pick the role he feels most comfortable with will persuade Giggs to stay on. However, any role other than manager or assistant would represent a step down for Giggs at a crucial point in his career. An offer to bridge the gap between the youth and senior squads may not be enough and United fans may soon be witnessing the end of yet another era at the Theatre of Dreams.