Phil Neville appointed Man United first team coach

The former Everton captain has been appointed Rene Meulensteen's replacement by David Moyes after talks at Carrington on Thursday, joining Ryan Giggs on the backroom team
By Paul Clennam

Phil Neville has been presented to the Manchester United squad as the club's new first-team coach, Goal understands.

Neville arrived at Carrington on Thursday morning for talks with new United boss David Moyes about the role, and will shortly be officially unveiled as Rene Meulensteen's replacement.

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The 36-year-old will join Ryan Giggs in bringing contemporary playing knowledge to Moyes' backroom team, after the Welshman was confirmed on Thursday as having accepted a player/coach role with the club.

In May, Goal revealed Neville was being considered for a senior coaching role by both United and Everton, having retired from playing at the end of last season.

The 36-year-old was initially linked with both the Everton and England Under-21 manager’s jobs, but Moyes is keen to discuss the possibility of his former captain joining his new-look backroom team.

Moyes has already rung the changes among the coaching staff at Old Trafford, bringing assistant Steve Round, goalkeeping coach Chris Woods and coach Jimmy Lumsden with him from Everton, with Sir Alex Ferguson's loyal lieutenants Mike Phelan, Rene Meulensteen and Eric Steele all departing.

Neville completed his 'A' license coaching badge at St George's Park this summer and was part of Stuart Pearce's backroom team during the England Under-21s' ill-fated European Championship campaign.