Sir Alex Ferguson Speaks On Ryan Giggs & Jose Mourinho

Giggs and Mourinho both wanted to manage United

Sir Alex Ferguson reacts to Mourinho’s Giggs decision and defended Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s decision not to retain Ryan Giggs as his assistant manager.

Giggs & Ferguson . Getty Images

Photo L-R: Sir Alex Ferguson & Ryan Giggs; In the heydays | Getty Images

Giggs’ 29-year association with United officially ended on Saturday, 40 days after he discovered he would not be retained as a member of Mourinho’s coaching staff. Reports say the 42-year-old Welshman was offered a ‘downgraded’ role by United after Mourinho insisted on bringing his trusted lieutenant Rui Faria with him to Old Trafford.

Giggs and Mourinho both wanted to manage United . Getty Images

Giggs and Mourinho both wanted to manage United

Photo above L-R: Ryan Giggs & Jose Mourinho | Getty Images

Ferguson, who appointed six assistants during his 26-and-a-half year reign as United manager, believes Mourinho was justified in his decision. Sir Alex said to BBC Sport, below:

“You have got to have, in your assistant, someone you have trusted all your life. When I came to United, I brought Archie Knox because he was a valuable person for me. I trusted him 100%. Jose Mourinho has had his assistant for years and, quite rightly, has stuck by his own man.

If Jose hadn’t had an assistant, I know he would have taken Ryan, It is time Ryan stood on his own feet, got out there and accepted the challenge,” he added. “I talk about his poker face. He has a bit of steel about him. It is such a highly intense results industry, you need people who go into it to have a bit of steel about them, a bit of character and personality”

 – Sir Alex Ferguson, Ex-Manager of Manchester United, to BBC Sport

Sir Alex Ferguson says Ryan Giggs will do well as a manager and the time is right for him to take the next step after leaving Manchester United after 29 years. It’s the right time for Ryan Giggs to leave Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson said. Watch the Sir Alex BBC Sport interview, below:

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