Newly-appointed Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants former Red Devils defender Rio Ferdinand on his coaching staff, the Sun has reported. Ferdinand, on his part, is mulling over the offer made by the Portuguese football coach, according to the Independent.
If indeed the former Premier League centre-back accepts the offer, a big question arises on the future of Ryan Giggs, yet another Manchester United legend. Giggs was the assistant coach of the team under Louis van Gaal and David Moyes.
It is believed that Rui Faria, Mourinho's long-time assistant, will take over that role at Manchester United next season. Faria has been the trusted right-hand man for Mourinho over the years, be it in Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan or Real Madrid.
Where Ferdinand actually fits in the United coaching staff next season, needs to be seen. The 37-year-old is currently a football pundit with BT Sports and Mourinho feels Ferdinand's experience could turn out to be key to taking Manchester United back to the top once again. The Englishman, who retired from club football in May 2015, had earlier announced the arrival of Mourinho at United, even before the club made the announcement official.
While Ferdinand ponders over the offer, the future of Giggs at Old Trafford remains a major doubt. The Welshman is currently vacationing in Dubai and it is expected that talks will take place between Mourinho, Giggs and the club once the former winger returns from holiday.
Giggs, 42, will reportedly be offered a role that sees him look after the youth setup of the club and give a proper insight to the Manchester United staff about which players have the potential to make it to the senior side. However, Giggs is believed to be interested in only the assistant manager's role and the Welshman could reject any other role the club offers him.