After two underwhelming seasons under Louis van Gaal, Manchester United were faced with a real dilemma this summer over how to get the club back to the glory days.
As such, the Old Trafford outfit turned to a man that previously would have been unthinkable as a Red Devils manager.
Jose Mourinho is outspoken, opinionated and at times unsavoury, but the Portuguese’s track record of success wherever he has coached convinced United to appoint him as Van Gaal’s successor.
Regardless of the merits of appointing the former Chelsea boss to take over in the Old Trafford hot-seat, one of the consequences of the decision saw Ryan Giggs leave his boyhood club.
The 42-year-old Welshman had been at United in some capacity since 1987 and is undoubtedly one of the Premier League club’s most prestigious players.
However, instead of opting for a man that knows the club inside out but lacks experience, the ambitious outfit chose an outsider that has proven himself as a manager.
Giggs worked under Sir Alex Ferguson for the majority of his playing career and as such has seen first-hand the methods of arguably the greatest manager to have ever lived.
The Cardiff-born man also acted as Van Gaal’s deputy, which will have been a unique opportunity despite the Dutchman not turning United’s fortunes around.
Talk in the press recently stipulated that Giggs held talks with Swansea City over their vacant managerial post following Francesco Guidolin’s dismissal.
The United legend later confirmed that meetings had taken place but the Welsh club’s ambitions did not meet his own, with Bob Bradley subsequently appointed.
For many United fans, the dream would have been to have a legendary player such as Giggs to replace Ferguson and continue on his good work.
However, just whether the former Red Devils winger ever gets the chance to fulfil the role now remains to be seen.
Giggs must be very astute and calculated in his next move, with it clear that he is ready to enter management – but this must be in the right environment.
Although the Welsh wizard taking the reins at Old Trafford may well be the dream, the reality is that he must prove himself over time elsewhere to even be considered for the opportunity to return.
Betway have an interesting segment on Swansea and Giggs failing to agree terms.
Panellists Adam Drury and Tom Clee debate whether the Welshman’s knowledge of the game would have made up for his lack of experience at the Liberty Stadium or whether the Premier League side were wiser by opting for the travelled Bradley.
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Betway also have Sam Peoples from ThePeoplesPerson.com on their weekly podcast to discuss Rashford’s rise, United under Mourinho and Liverpool under Klopp. Give it a listen below: