Mbappe and Jesus for £5million? Giggs laments United transfer misses

Paul Clement

The ex-Manchester United winger is now in the hunt for a managerial position after leaving Old Trafford as assistant coach following Jose Mourinho's appointment in May 2016.

However, Manchester United could have signed both Jesus and Mbappe if Giggs had his way after the Red Devils legend recommended both forwards to the 20-time English champions during his time working as Van Gaal's assistant coach.

"I've spoke to them before, before they appointed Bob Bradley, so no", Giggs told Sky Sports.

'I watched Mbappe for a year. "I know what a Manchester United player looks like". "I was watching them with the scout and it was a no-brainer", Giggs said in an interview with The Times.

"It would have been £5 million ($6.7 million, 5.7 million euros) or something - get them, loan them back - and that's where the recruitment could have been better".

Jesus signed with City from Palmeiras previous year, while Mbappe was loaned to PSG from Monaco in August.

"He understood because I had played with those lads, but they just weren't for him. Then there was a lot of negativity and I don't think we've recovered from that game".

Giggs moved on from United following Mourinho's appointment and, despite disagreement on recruitment and over the sales of players such as Danny Welbeck, Jonny Evans and Javier Hernandez, he insists the time spend under Van Gaal proved an invaluable education. I'm talking about Rafael [Da Silva], [Danny] Welbeck, Jonny Evans - players who are United through and through.

Chris Smalling has made a brilliant reference to ex-Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, with a picture of a Christmas jumper on social media.

Giggs accepts it was a simple decision, Mourinho the seasoned manager in comparison, but the Welshman says that "it winds me up" to suggest he has no "experience as a manager".

"It was hard because Louis had his own ideas and you had to respect that, but, yes, we had a few arguments about a couple of them. I've spent my whole life in the Premier League - not just as a player but as a player-coach and assistant manager".

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