Ryan Giggs rumoured for shock Manchester United exit

Assistant manager missed United’s victory against Stoke on compassionate leave – but Celtic rumours won't go away.

Ryan Giggs in the Manchester United dugout
Glasgow-bound? Ryan Giggs could be ending his 29-year association with Manchester United. Image Picture Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Ryan Giggs was absent from Manchester United’s 3-0 victory against Stoke last night amid speculation over his Old Trafford future.

Louis van Gaal explained that his assistant had been granted leave due to a family illness. However, prior to the full-time whistle rumours swept social media claiming that Giggs would be quitting United take over Celtic within the next 48 hours.

Celtic currently sit six points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, but crashed out of the Scottish Cup over the weekend after an embarrassing 3-1 defeat to Ross County.

Their current manager Ronny Deila won the title and League Cup last term, but has come under criticism from fans for his negative style of play and only playing Leigh Griffiths up front as a solo striker.

Giggs wouldn’t be the first veteran from Alex Ferguson’s all-conquering side to move north of the border to Celtic Park, Roy Keane spent a season in Glasgow before calling a day on his playing career in 2006.

Louis van Gaal after Manchester United's game with Bournemouth
Hail to the chief Louis van Gaal is out of Manchester United Image Picture by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Giggs has also been tipped to take over the United hot seat from Louis van Gaal.

The former winger previously took charge of the side after David Moyes’s sacking in 2014. He won two, drew one and lost one of his four games in charge. Jose Mourinho has also been heavily linked with the United job, reportedly penning a six-page “love letter” to the club’s hierarchy.

Giggs’s association with United stretches back to 1987 when he left the youth ranks at Manchester City to sign on his 14th birthday. He made his debut in 1991 and continued playing until the age of 40 in 2014.

United currently sit in fifth place in the Premier League table – five points behind Arsenal in the final Champions League qualification spot.

Next up, they face Guus Hiddink’s Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this Sunday.

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