“The reality is that it is not my responsibility that Ryan is not in the club”
Jose Mourinho on Ryan Giggs
Mourinho’s decision to snub Giggs will stun fans, who hold the Welshman in the highest esteem following his remarkable achievements at the club.
Giggs is the most decorated star in United’s history following 29 years there as a player, coach and caretaker-manager.
He won 13 league titles, two European Cups, four FA Cups and four League Cups and made a record 963 appearances.
Despite being overlooked for the manager’s job three times since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, Giggs was still reluctant to sever all ties with United – until Mourinho made it clear he had no choice.
When Mourinho was appointed earlier this month he refused to apologise to Giggs for beating him to the job.