Jose Mourinho does not want Ryan Giggs to be part of his coaching staff at Manchester United because he fears he could become a managerial rival. The United legend served as the club's assistant manager under Louis van Gaal and was reported to have been offered a revised role in the new coaching set up.

But according to The Times, Mourinho is wary about giving Giggs a job among his coaching staff, because he thinks the Welshman deliberately distanced himself from van Gaal and David Moyes during their ill-fated spells in charge of the club. Mourinho is also reportedly put off by Giggs' close relationship with Paul Scholes, who was an outspoken critic of van Gaal.

The new United boss demands absolute loyalty from his staff and is reluctant to appoint someone who has been open about his long-term desire to manage the Old Trafford club. Crucially, Giggs did not offer Moyes or van Gaal any public support when their tenures reached crisis point.

Giggs' preference had been to stay at United but having not been contacted by the club's new boss, he is said to be increasingly likely to end his 28-year association with the Red Devils. The United legend is also reluctant to take a step backwards in his coaching career by taking care of the youth or under-21 sides at the club.