Ryan Giggs may not have a space in Jose Mourinho’s staff, but we know Quick Links will always have a place in your hearts (aw!). Fresh off the oven is your daily recap of the best news from the world of Manchester United:
No Place for Giggsy After All
The Manchester Evening News reported that Ryan Giggs will imminently end his 29-year run at Manchester United. Giggs had been David Moyes’s and Louis van Gaal’s assistant manager the last three season after a legendary 23-year career as a player for the Red Devils. With Mourinho’s arrival, Giggs’ presence in the coaching staff was put in doubt due to the close relationship Mourinho has with his staff members, specially with his number two, Rui Faria. The Manchester paper confirms Faria will remain Mourinho’s assistant at United, while Giggs had been offered a lesser role. It is no secret that Giggs wanted the manager job left vacant by van Gaal, and anything less than that would not entice the United legend to stay on board. It will be a bittersweet end to a historic career, but for Giggsy an opportunity to manage will come and a United return in the future is certainly not out of the question.
Tony Times Two
After a superb performance last month, Anthony Martial took the Player of the Month award for the month of May, as was announced by United’s official site. Martial deservedly won the fan vote by a wide margin over Wayne Rooney and Antonio Valencia. The French youngster was the driving force of the United offense through their run in early May and at the tail-end of the season, including goals in the draw against eventual-champions Leicester and two in the heart-breaker at West Ham. It is the second monthly award won by Martial after also winning in December. Only David De Gea won the twice as well.
Chicharito Speaks Out
Former United striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez spoke with FourFourTwo about his career and exit from Old Trafford. The Mexican forward said if he had “more chances at United (or Real Madrid), I would probably been ‘the star’ there as well.” Chicharito quickly became a fan favorite shortly after his arrival from Guadalajara in 2010, even stealing some starting caps from Dimitar Berbatov under Sir Alex Ferguson. Once Ferguson retired, his career wound down and his role reduced to “super sub,” and with Louis van Gaal’s arrival and being sent on loan to Real Madrid in 2014, it was clear “Chicharito” was not in the Dutch manager’s plans. With the abysmal lack of offensive production this season, a bonafide goal-scorer like “Chicharito” was absolutely missed, specially with the great season he just had at Bayer Leverkusen.
Add Schneiderlin to the List
Nine United players were included in final rosters for Euro 2016 at yesterday’s deadline. Today, the number went up to ten with the inclusion of Morgan Schneiderlin to France’s squad in place of the injured Lassana Diarra. Diarra experienced swelling in his left knee, and the French Football Federation ultimately ruled him out of the tournament all together earlier today. Schneiderlin, who joins teammate Anthony Martial, will compete for a starting spot with the likes of Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, N’Golo Kante, and Moussa Sissoko.