5 Jul 2013

Giggs and Neville take up coaching roles with United

6:09 am on 5 July 2013

English football champions Manchester United have named long-serving midfielder Ryan Giggs as player-coach and former player Phil Neville as their new first-team coach for next season.

Giggs, who will be 40 in November, and ex-United player Neville, 36, are the latest additions to new manager David Moyes's backroom team at Old Trafford.

Giggs, who signed a one-year contract extension last season, has been studying for his coaching badges and is due to acquire the top-level UEFA Pro Licence next year.

David Moyes, who recently succeeded Alex Ferguson as United manager, says Giggs' long career gave him the perfect platform to step into coaching.

36-year-old Neville follows Moyes from Everton, having retired from playing at the end of last season.

The former England international began his career with United before joining Everton in 2005 and says it was impossible to turn down the opportunity to return to his formative club.

United announced earlier this week that coaches Steve Round, Chris Woods and Jimmy Lumsden have followed Moyes to Manchester from Goodison Park.