Jose Mourinho insists he is not to blame for Ryan Giggs’ departure from Manchester United.
The long-serving Giggs left United at the weekend after almost 29 years as a player and coach at the club.
Former Chelsea boss Mourinho says he would have been happy for Giggs, who spent two years as assistant manager to Van Gaal, to stay in some capacity but the Welshman himself wanted to move on.
Mourinho said: “It is not my responsibility that Ryan is not in the club. The job Ryan wanted is the job the club decided to give me. It is not my fault. Ryan wanted to be Man United manager and the the club, for reasons only the owners, Mr Woodward, the board can tell you, decided the job was for me.
“From this moment Ryan wants to be a manager, like in 2000 when I decided I wanted to be a manager. For many of us we start as assistant coaches and then arrives the moment where we make a decision. Ryan made his decision.
“When you say did I offer him a job, could he be my assistant – he could be what he wanted in the club. The club wanted to give him any important job in the club. But he made his decision, a decision where he needed to be brave.
“Good luck, and if one day he wants to come back while I am here, I will never stop him coming back. I will always say yes if the club asks my opinion.
“If one day the club offers him the chance to become manager, I think it will be something natural and the consequence of his success in his managerial career.”