Jose Mourinho did a good of assisting Manchester United fans forget about the woeful times under David Moyes and Louis van Goal.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 resulted to some downtime over the years at Old Trafford. After their winning title of EPL in 2012-13, United had been finishing 7th, 4th and 5th.
They ended with 6th under Mourinho last season but the 54-year-old was able to win the League Cup and the Europa League.
Now they are back in UEFA Champions League, where they have gotten to the knockout stage, finishing 2nd in the table.
One man who was there during the changeover from Ferguson to Moyes to Van Gaal to Mourinho was Ryan Giggs, whose 29-year engagement at the club was ended soon after the Mourinho arrived last year.
Ryan Giggs retired playing in 2014 and served as an assistant to Moyes and Van Gaal. He was even placed on interim when Moyes was sacked in April 2014.
However Mourinho pulled in Rui Faria to serve as his assistant and so Giggs felt it was best to depart from the club and move on.
He has since gone on to open up just how uneasy it was at Old Trafford during Van Gaal’s time, which reigned from May 2014 to May 2016.
An interview with The Times revealed the Welshman acknowledged he advised Van Gaal to sign Gabriel Jesus and Kylian Mbappe, as the club shouldn’t had sold Rafael, Danny Welbeck or Jonny Evans.
“I understand what a United player is like,” Giggs said. “There’ve been many who have come through that have not been United players and also players who played for United and ought not to have left.
“It was not easy because Louis had his own strategies and you need to respect that, but, yes, we had some arguments about some of them. He respected my stance because I had played with those boys, but they were not just for him.”
Giggs added: “Recruitment has not been awesome either. I watched Gabriel Jesus performance 3 years ago. I watched Mbappe for 1 year. I was watching them with the talent scout, it actually requires no much mental effort.
“It’s actually like, ‘Get them.’ It would’ve been £5 million or something like that.”
Manchester City signed Jesus for £27 million last year, while PSG may pay Monaco £165.7m to enable Mbappe’s switch permanently next year.
The reality that both players are among the most promising in Europe should hit Man United hard.