Ryan Giggs the Man United record breaker. Will he stay or will he go?

There is speculation that the managerial change at Manchester United, with Jose Mourinho poised to succeed Louis van Gaal, could lead to assistant manager Ryan Giggs' departure from the club.

That would end a 26-year association between Giggs and the Red Devils' first team during which he and the club have shared unrivalled success.

Ryan Giggs should be Manchester United manager by now and would be better off leaving to further his coaching career, according to the Welshman's former team-mate Robbie Savage.

Savage, who came through United's academy with Giggs and later played alongside him for Wales, believes the club's most decorated player has been harshly treated.

Ryan Giggs playing against Oldham Athletic in 1991. Credit: PA

It's believed the 42-year-old has been offered a role at United but looks set to miss out on the top job for a third time, having served as Van Gaal's assistant after spending a year as player-coach under David Moyes and taking temporary charge when the Scot departed.

Giggs joined United's academy aged 14 and turned professional at 17 in 1990.

I feel sorry for Giggsy. I believe when Fergie went they should have been brave and given him the job instead of Moyes and then they should have given it to him when Van Gaal got it. So now he's been overlooked again, that's three times now. I think on one of those occasions he should have got it. He knows Manchester United off by heart. Look at Pep Guardiola at Barca, Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid. I've got sympathy with Giggsy. I would have liked to have seen them give it to him.

Robbie Savage

Giggs has to decide whether to stay under Mourinho, gleaning tips from one of the most successful coaches in the game, or leave and gain more responsibility elsewhere.

"If I was Giggsy now I would look to start my career as a manager somewhere else," Savage said.

Here's a look at the key statistics of Giggs' time with the club:

  • 963 - Record number of appearances made for United

  • 159 - Appearances in European club competitions, sixth on the all-time list

  • 168 - Goals scored for the club

  • 8,466 - Days spent as a United player

  • 46,433 - Minutes of Premier League played

Ryan Giggs poses after winning the PFA Merit award this year. Credit: PA
  • 34 - Trophies won in his playing career, including 13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, League Cups and two Champions Leagues

  • 162 - Assists in the Premier League, a record in the division

  • 134 - Times substituted in the Premier League, also a record

The Ryan Giggs banner on the East Stand of Old Trafford, before his first game as Manchester United manager. Credit: PA
  • 6 - Appearances in the Professional Footballers' Association team of the year

  • 21 - Consecutive seasons in which he scored a league goal. He only failed to do so in his 22nd and last campaign

  • 37 years 289 days - Age when Giggs became the oldest goalscorer in Champions League history. He was later overtaken by Roma's Francesco Totti

  • 0 - Red cards in club football. He was sent off once for Wales

Ryan Giggs in action for Wales during the European Championship 2008. Credit: PA

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