Jesus joined Manchester City for a reported £27m in January while Mbappe swapped Monaco for Paris Saint-Germain this summer, initially on loan but with an option to make the move permanent next summer for a fee of around £166 million. United, who trail City by 11 points in the Premier League, have spent hundreds of millions of pounds in the transfer market since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 but Giggs believes they do not have enough high-class players to compete with their neighbours. And the most decorated player in United's history also thinks some of the players they let go should never have been allowed to leave the club.
Exclusive: Giggs takes aim at #MUFC - I told them to sign Gabriel Jesus and Kylian Mbappé when they were cheap, says club’s most successful player. By @OliverKayTimes https://t.co/XVdCKR9Ga1 pic.twitter.com/WDVPoDqpwf— Times Sport (@TimesSport) December 22, 2017
Giggs told the Times he felt he was in with a chance of succeeding Van Gaal as United's manager but understood the decision to go for Jose Mourinho even though he feels he could have given the club continuity. "They had fallen down the pecking order, so do they go for someone who -- and it winds me up saying this -- hasn't got experience as a manager or do they go for a winner?" said Giggs. "They went for a winner, in Jose, a win-at-all-costs type of manager. Is Jose a typical Manchester United manager? Probably not, but United were in a situation of ‘how quickly can we get back to the top?’"
Ryan Giggs says he told Manchester United to sign Mbappe and Jesus three years ago when they were worth just £5m. pic.twitter.com/7RaXXrAWVc— Paddy Power (@paddypower) December 22, 2017