MANCHESTER. — Manchester United are facing a major dilemma over Ryan Giggs’ future at Old Trafford.
Under-pressure Louis van Gaal returned to Manchester on Tuesday to take training after a trip home to Holland with the knowledge United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward determined to stand by him.
But Van Gaal could still walk away if he feels he cannot turn the Red Devils’ form around and if their place in the top four becomes in greater jeopardy.
And Mirror Sport understands that the Old Trafford top brass are worried Giggs could end his 28-year association with the club and walk away if he is overlooked in the event of Van Gaal quitting.
United playing legend Giggs (42) would be at the front of the queue if Van Gaal goes, with jobless former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho the other leading contender.
Insiders at the club insist they will not waste their time trying to recruit Pep Guardiola because the outgoing Bayern Munich boss has already committed himself to Manchester City, albeit not publicly.
They also fear that Giggs would be reluctant to be No. 2 again under another manager without receiving major assurances about his future.
And if they do end up going for Mourinho that would raise serious questions about whether Giggs has a future at Old Trafford.
The Welshman may also be reluctant to be caretaker boss again, unless it leads to a permanent job.
United have insisted Van Gaal did NOT offer to resign after their defeat to Southampton on Saturday, but the backlash from the fans has hit the 64-year-old hard — and he has resigned from six of his eight jobs in the past. — Mirror.