Ryan Giggs: This is the real reason why I left Man United after Jose Mourinho’s arrival

The United legend spent 29 years at Old Trafford as a player and a coach.

He enjoyed trophy-laden success as a player and worked as an assistant to Louis van Gaal and David Moyes, gaining a wealth of management experience.

The Welshman also had a stint as interim manager of the club after Moyes’ departure, but decided to end his tenure at United when Van Gaal was sacked at the end of last season.


Ryan Giggs: I left Manchester United because it was the right time and I needed a break

And he believes he made the right decision not to continue working at United under Mourinho and is now looking for a head coaching position elsewhere.

“It was the right time. There was a new manager and a new coaching staff,” he explained.

“It was a brilliant two years education wise, but it was a tough two years. I was ready for a break away from football.”

Giggs was a front-runner for the Swansea job when Francesco Guidolin departed the Liberty Stadium, but he was pipped to the post by Bob Bradley after giving an unconvincing interview.

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The 42-year-old remains on the market but the dream for him is to manage United.

Giggs said: “I’ve always said for me, and for most people, you always want to manage the club you’ve played at.

“If you ask Steven Gerrard, he will want to manage Liverpool or England, and it’s the same for me with United and Wales.

“I played at United for so long, if the opportunity came to manage them it would be the ultimate.

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