Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs looks set to end his 29 –year association with the club by turning down a new role under Jose Mourinho, according to the Daily Mail.
The Welshman was assistant manager to the sacked Louis van Gaal.
However, the United is understood to have offered the Old Trafford legend a lesser role under new boss Mourinho, and Giggs is now set to make the emotional decision to cut ties and seek a managerial position elsewhere.
The ‘Special One’ is expected to appoint his long-standing assistant Rui Faria as his No 2.
United have declined to comment on the title of the job offered to Giggs, who made 963 appearances for the club, but anything other than assistant manager would effectively be a step down.
It is understood that the post is aimed at connecting the Under 21s with the first-team.
No decision was reached on Wednesday about the matter.
The Daily Mail also report that United retain hope that Giggs will remain at the club and want him to stay but do not want to place him under any pressure to do so and that the feeling at Carrington is that the decision has to be his.
Giggs has returned from a break in Dubai, where he has mulled over his options in the desert sunshine.
Leaving the club he has represented for the majority of his life is a huge wrench and while the opportunity to work with Mourinho would further bolster Giggs’ CV he is thought to feel that he is now ready to make his managerial bow.
There is also an element of a gentleman’s understanding, which would have seen the former winger take over from Van Gaal, being reneged upon.