It’s safe to say that everyone enjoyed Jose Mourinho’s first press conference as Manchester United manager. That is except for Ryan Giggs.
In addition to having a dig at former manager Louis van Gaal, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and all his haters in general, Mourinho made some very respectful and conciliatory comments about Ryan Giggs and why he left United after 29 years at the club.
Here’s what he had to say (via the Mirror):
“It’s not my responsibility that Ryan is not in the club. The job he wanted is the job they decided to give me.
“Ryan wanted to be Man United manager. The club, for reasons only they know, decided to give it to me. Ryan wants to be a manager.
“For many of us we start as assistant coaches and for many of us arrives a moment we have to make a decision, and for Ryan, he had to make a decision.
“He could be whatever he wanted in the club, the club wanted to give him any important job. He made a decision, he needed to be brave.”
It has now been suggested that while his ambition is to one day manage a top flight club, potentially even United, he was willing to stay on and continue to learn under the guidance of Mourinho.
Whatever did go on behind closed doors following the sacking of Van Gaal and his team in May, it would appear that things were not as straightforward regarding Giggs and Mourinho and in the end it was a partnership that either one or both just didn’t want.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena