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After 15 years in the role, he has chosen to hand over the reins to assistant Neil Hough ahead of Louis van Gaal's first season in charge at the 20-time English champions

Manchester United have announced the retirment of head physiopherapist Rob Swire after 23 years with the Old Trafford outfit.

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Swire took on the role in 1999, and has worked with players such as David Beckham, Crisitiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie during an unprecedented period of success both domestically and at European level for the Red Devils.

Swire will now hand over the reins to his assistant Neil Hough, and described the role as the best he has ever taken on.

"It wasn’t easy, it was a big decision," he told the club's official website.

"I’d been thinking about it for a year or more, working out when it would be right to retire.

"I’ve been doing the job for a long time and the hours mean you’re working all the time, including weekends and evenings, and travelling a lot and that isn’t easy when you have a family at home.

"It’s been a fantastic job, a brilliant job, I couldn’t have wanted anything better."

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