Ryan Giggs defends Jose Mourinho over Man United title prospects

The Manchester United legend explains why Jose Mourinho is facing such a tough task this season

Ryan Giggs says Jose Mourinho faces a tough task guiding Manchester United to Premier League title glory with such a competitive top flight this season.

The United boss is facing competition from his old foe Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, Jurgen Klopp has transformed Liverpool into title contenders and Juventus legend Antonio Conte is in charge of Chelsea.

Mourinho is also set to renew his long-running rivalry with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, while their north London neighbours Tottenham Hotspur are flying high under Mauricio Pochettino.

Giggs worked as Louis van Gaal’s assistant manager during the Dutchman’s two-year reign at Old Trafford before Mourinho was appointed as the 65-year-old’s replacement.

The former United midfielder, who won the Premier League title 13 times during a decorated career at Old Trafford, believes Mourinho is facing a mammoth task against such tough competition.

“I think what we’re forgetting is the quality of the coaches in the Premier League at the moment. Has he ever encountered that?” Giggs told Sky Sports.

“There’s Pochettino, Guardiola, Klopp and Wenger. There is Koeman who is doing a fantastic job at Everton as well.”

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The Red Devils are in seventh place in the Premier League table and five points behind leaders Manchester City after eight games in the 2016-17 season.

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