Ryan Giggs returns from holiday to discuss Manchester United future with new manager Jose Mourinho

Ryan Giggs is due to return from Discount Holidays © holiday in Dubai on Tuesday ahead of an anticipated meeting with Jose Mourinho later this week amid the prospect of the former winger ending his near 29-year association with Manchester United.

Giggs, 42, has spent the past week in the Gulf state deliberating his future, with United thought to have offered him a role as a bridge between the first team and Under-21s.

Ryan Giggs Returns From <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday To Discuss Manchester United Future With New Manager Jose Mourinho Giggs has been with United for 29 years Credit: REX

It remains to be seen if Giggs opts to stay at the club he joined as a 14-year-old, but while there is a chance he has already made a decision, he is expected to at least listen to what Mourinho, the new manager, and the club have to say. If those talks have the potential to be somewhat awkward, so did Mourinho meeting on Monday morning with Sir Bobby Charlton, the United director and iconic former player who has been critical of the Portuguese in the past. Mourinho was warmly welcomed by Charlton, who offered his congratulations and told the former Chelsea manager he was very happy to see you , during a tour of United s Carrington training base.

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But that was in stark contrast to an interview Charlton had given in 2012, when he struggled to conceal his misgivings about Mourinho after being asked about the then Real Madrid coach poking Tito Vilanova, at the time Pep Guardiola s assistant at Barcelona, in the eye towards the end of a tempestuous Spanish Super Cup tie the previous year.

A United manager wouldn t do that, Charlton had said. Mourinho is a really good coach but that s as far as I would go really. He pontificates too much for my liking.

He s a good manager, though. There was little evidence of frostiness between the pair on Monday, even if there was a staged air to the footage captured by MUTV, United s official television station. Mourinho light heartedly suggested Charlton should only congratulate him after United start winning matches and joked about the impact of Charlton s two goals for England in Portugal s World Cup semi-final defeat in 1966.

Ryan Giggs Returns From <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday To Discuss Manchester United Future With New Manager Jose Mourinho Mourinho met with Bobby Charlton at the United training ground Credit: MANCHESTER UNITED

You killed my country s dream in 1966, but even so, all the best, Mourinho said, before putting his arm around Charlton.

Mourinho is eager to hit the ground running at United and the club are confident of finalising a new 12-month contract extension for Michael Carrick within the next week. Carrick, 34, feared United s FA Cup triumph over Crystal Palace would be his final game for the club after no contract offer had been forthcoming, but Mourinho s appointment changed the landscape, with the new manager expressing his desire to keep the veteran England midfielder for another year. Meanwhile, United announced on Monday that youngsters, Marcus Rashford and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, had signed new four-year deals with the club1, as exclusively revealed by Telegraph Sport at the weekend. Both players have agreed contracts that will keep them at Old Trafford until at least June 2020 but with the option to extend for a further 12 months.

Ryan Giggs Returns From <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday To Discuss Manchester United Future With New Manager Jose Mourinho Rashford has signed a new deal until 2020 Credit: MANCHESTER UNITED

Rashford could complete a remarkable rise to prominence in just three months by being named in Roy Hodgson s England squad for Euro 2016. The 18-year-old striker has scored nine goals in 19 games for club and country since making his United debut in late February.

Ed Woodward, the United executive vice chairman, warned that Rashford was still very young and we need to be patient with him but added that they believe he has a great future ahead of him and is at the right club to continue his development . Marcus is a naturally talented footballer with great potential, Woodward said. He has taken his chances well and has integrated into the first team very quickly. Rashford said: I have always been a United fan so to be playing in the first team really is a dream come true. I am grateful for having the chance to prove myself.

Defender Borthwick-Jackson, 19, echoed his team-mate s sentiments. Last season was an incredible experience to make my first team debut and a dream come true for myself and my family, he said. I feel it stands me in good stead for continuing my development as a United player.

References

  1. ^ Marcus Rashford and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, had signed new four-year deals with the club (www.discountholidays.info)

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