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# Up In The Air
'For various reasons', Ryan Giggs couldn't comment on his Man United future tonight
The 42-year-old was appearing as a pundit on ITV’s Euro 2016 coverage.

EVER SINCE JOSE MOURINHO was announced as the club’s new manager, Ryan Giggs’ future at Manchester United has been unclear.

But it would appear that his 29-year association with the team is over.

Appearing for the first time as an ITV pundit for the broadcaster’s coverage of tonight’s Euro 2016 quarter-final between Portugal and Poland, Giggs did not discuss his current situation at United.

Presenter Mark Pougatch welcomed the 42-year-old before revealing there would be no chat about Giggs and the club, saying:

We’ve got plenty to talk about but for various reasons he cannot discuss his situation right now at Manchester United”.

With one year left on his contract with the club, it’s believed Giggs is currently involved in compensation negotiations and is expected to walk away sooner rather than later.

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Having served as an assistant coach under Louis van Gaal and caretaker manager after the club sacked David Moyes, it’s understood he’s unhappy with how United – with whom he’s had a three-decade relationship – have been so flippant regarding his future.

Reports suggested Jose Mourinho has offered him a role involving the youth setup.

Giggs was quizzed on England’s dismal elimination from the tournament and his thoughts on who Roy Hodgson’s successor should be.

Along with mentioning his former club manager, he threw a curve-ball too.

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“In 2014 they had a vision – they appointed Dan Ashworth – of appointing within”, he said.

“I think they should stick with that. They’ve got a vision, they’ve got somewhere to go.

Who’s the next in line? Gareth Southgate. Now, maybe you have to tweak it a little bit because it’s a bit premature. Maybe bring in someone who can help him along for the next couple of years.

Hoddle, Venables, Sir Alex Ferguson, Louis van Gaal, think outside the box. [Southgate’s] the main man but have someone above to take the pressure off.”

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