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José Mourinho's arrival at Manchester United could spell the end for Ryan Giggs

According to the Manchester Evening News, Ryan Giggs is likely to leave Manchester United with Louis van Gaal.

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The Manchester Evening News yesterday peddled the widely-reported story of José Mourinho's imminent arrival, albeit with the rather interesting footnote: the Portuguese tactician's arrival could well spell the end for incumbent assistant manager Ryan Giggs. Admittedly, the article is rather tentative, declaring that "the Welshman might have to consider ending his 28-year association with United," but it's still an interesting take.

Mourinho will, of course, bring his own coaching staff to Old Trafford, which could feasibly see Giggs being relegated from the rather prominent position he currently has sulking next to Louis van Gaal. It seems clear that Giggs' ultimate ambition is to move into management proper, though given that his hopes of succeeding the Dutchman in the United hotseat will soon be dashed, moving away from Manchester to take charge of a lesser club seems the most logical step for all involved.

Though he was undoubtedly a wonderful player for United, few supporters would be too sad to see him leave at this stage. Giggs needs to prove his managerial worth if he's to ever stand a real chance of taking charge at Old Trafford for the long haul.