Man United tried to appoint Ryan Giggs as Mourinho’s successor before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United were open to appointing Ryan Giggs as Jose Mourinho’s successor before they chose Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Ryan Giggs took interim charge when David Moyes was sacked back in 2014 and served as Louis van Gaal’s assistant for two seasons until 2016.

The Welshman was prepared for the job, but he left the Theatre of Dreams when Jose Mourinho took charge and has since taken his first role in management with the Welsh national team.

The Red Devils board wanted a figure that knew the club and could restore some positivity after Mourinho denied the squad’s atmosphere during his final months in the north-west.

The Norwegian manager has won all four of his first four fixtures as United caretaker boss, and the 20-times English champions will consider appointing him on a permanent basis if they can’t land the first choice Mauricio Pochettino.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to stay at Old Trafford, and the 45-year-old has the backing of Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Scot was at Manchester United’s Carrington training ground on Saturday and spoke to the squad as a whole, before talking to some members individually.

Solskjaer’s expected to make some changes as United host Reading at Old Trafford in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.