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Phil Neville has returned to Manchester United as David Moyes’s new first-team coach, where he will be joined on the staff by Ryan Giggs.

Former United defender Neville was photographed arriving at Carrington early this morning, and was announced as Moyes’s latest backroom appointment alongside four former Everton colleagues in Chris Woods, Steve Round, Robbie Cooke and Jimmy Lumsden later on Thursday.

And club legend Giggs, 39, who is expected to complete his UEFA Pro Licence next summer, will take up a player/coach role after signing a one-year contract extension.

Manager David Moyes said: ‘I have known and worked with Philip for eight years and in that time I have come to know his dedication, ability to lead and appetite for hard work. In addition, of course, he understands the club very well and I think his addition to the coaching staff will be a valuable one’.

Neville, 36, ended his 18-year playing career at Everton last month. But it was at Old Trafford where the ex-England defender made his name after emerging with the much-celebrated Class of ’92.

He made over 250 appearances for the current Barclays Premier League champions before spending eight years at Goodison Park under Moyes.

Neville, who was Everton’s captain from 2007, has been doing his coaching badges and holds the UEFA B Licence award. He completed his A Licence at St George’s Park at the end of May, and despite other offers from within the game and the chance to pursue media activities, the lure of United proved impossible to resist.

Neville said: ‘When I retired from football, I knew that I wanted to continue in the game; it’s something that I have been preparing for over the last few years.

‘So when David called to give me this opportunity, I couldn’t resist. I gave my all when I player for Everton but it is no secret that this club is in my heart.

‘I’ve really enjoyed working with David and his staff as a player and I think that, together with Ryan Giggs, we can make a real contribution to Manchester United.’

Moyes took charge of his first training session at United’s Carrington training ground today and Neville was thrust straight into action, along with Lumsden and Round, where he laid out the cones ahead of a running exercise.

Neville was part of the England Under 21s’ coaching staff during their disappointing showing in the European Championship in Israel this summer.

Neville, brother of former United favourite and Sky Sports pundit Gary, is also good friends with several first-team players, including Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick.

Sir Alex Ferguson handed Neville his Manchester United debut in 1995 in a 3-0 win over Manchester City. He went on to win six Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the Champions League before Moyes signed him at Everton in 2005 for £3.5million.

Giggs, who has played 941 games and scored 168 goals for United in a career spanning more than two decades, is currently working towards his coaching badges.

Rewarded with a one-year contract extension following another season of age-defying performances, Giggs will work alongside Moyes and his team in training sessions.

Announcing the appointment, Moyes said: ‘I’m delighted that Ryan has accepted the chance to become player/coach. His success and ability to adapt his game over a number of years gives him an unrivalled perspective on the modern game. His career is an example to any aspiring young player and I’m sure that both he and the players will benefit from his new role.’

Giggs added: ‘It’s a great privilege to be appointed a player/coach. I hope I will be able to bring my experience to bear, having been both a player and part of the Manchester United family for so long. It’s no secret that I have been taking my qualifications and I see this as the first step in my future career. I’m really looking forward to working alongside David and the team.’

In an interview with FA TV last week, Giggs, who attended the FIFA Under 20 World Cup in Turkey as part of his course, said: ‘It’ll be like starting all over again, it will be like being an apprentice again, learning things and making mistakes as you go along and just trying to better yourself as much as you can.

‘It’s exciting for me. I’ve been playing for twenty-odd years and it’s a new chapter in my life. I want to do well and I want to make a success of it as I did as a player.’

Source: Daily Mail

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