Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly “vetoed” the idea of Ryan Giggs remaining at Old Trafford as his assistant, as he believes the Red Devils legend could “become a potential managerial rival.”

That’s according to the Times‘ Matt Hughes, who reported that the Special One thinks the Welshman “distanced himself from Louis van Gaal and David Moyes at crucial times” during their reigns at United and is worried that Giggs cannot provide him with the “unswerving loyalty and complete support” he requires of his staff.

Further, the pair are seemingly yet to talk to one another despite Mourinho having taken over in May:

Per Hughes, Giggs’ friendship with fellow United alumni Paul Scholes is also a cause for concern due to the latter’s open criticism of the two regimes preceding Mourinho.

In Giggs’ place, the Portuguese’s former assistant Rui Faria—who has worked with him at every club he’s managed over the last 15 years—is expected to come in, according to Hughes (h/t Joe Short of theDaily Express).

Former Premier League footballer Danny Gabbidon anticipated such a scenario:

The former Wales international has been involved with the club for almost 30 years as a player and then as an assistant to Moyes and Van Gaal.

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