Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has bowed out of Old Trafford after 29 years.
In a departure statement, Giggs backed Mourinho to succeed at United and he also thanked Sir Alex Ferguson and Louis van Gaal for their influence on his career but failed to mention David Moyes.
The 42-year-old also confirmed that the next stage of his career was to become a manager.
Announcing his decision to leave, Giggs said: ‘After 29 seasons at Manchester United as a player and assistant manager, I know winning is in the DNA of this Club – giving youth a chance, and playing attacking and exciting football.
‘It’s healthy to have high expectations, it’s right to expect to win. Manchester United expects, deserves, nothing less.
‘This is why it is a huge decision for me to step away from the Club that has been my life since the age of 14. It has not been a decision that I have made lightly. I’ll take away so many special memories as well as a lifetime of experiences that will, I hope, serve me well in the future.
‘However, the time feels right and although I have no immediate plans to step into management, it is where I want to be.’