Ryan Giggs was reportedly angered by Jose Mourinho's remarks regarding his decision to leave Manchester United during his introductory press conference at Old Trafford on Tuesday (5 July). Giggs, 42, last week announced his decision to leave United, where had served as the club's assistant manager under Louis van Gaal following the end of his playing days.
Mourinho claimed Giggs decided to end his 29-year association with the club after he was overlooked for the managerial role in favour of the Portuguese, while United said Giggs' move was motivated by his desire to pursue his managerial career elsewhere.
However, according to The Times, Giggs' understanding of the scenario and that discussed by Mourinho during the press conference differ markedly. The new United boss stated that Giggs left the club because he wished to be named as the first-team manager.
But friends of the player-turned-coach claim United had only ever talked of a vague development role without any first-team responsibilities. What's more, it has been reported that Mourinho did not speak to the Welshman about a position on his staff before Giggs confirmed his departure from United.
Giggs, meanwhile, is said to have told United that although he was disappointed to have been overlooked for the top job, he was willing to stay at Old Trafford and finish his managerial apprenticeship under Mourinho. But during yesterday's press conference, the new United manager said: "The job that Ryan wanted to have was the one they have given to me. It's not my fault. He wanted to be manager of Manchester United."
Giggs has been linked with a number of vacancies in recent weeks, including those at Nottingham Forest and Bolton Wanders. However, he is still to accept a managerial job anywhere after leaving United.