Manchester United confirm return of Phil Neville as a coach

David Moyes and skipper Phil Neville before Everton's game with Leyton Orient on August 29, 2012
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Manchester United confirm that Phil Neville has returned to the club as part of manager David Moyes's coaching team.

Manchester United have confirmed that Phil Neville has returned to the club as part of manager David Moyes's coaching staff.

The 36-year-old had been expected to be appointed within the new-look staff at Old Trafford following his arrival at Carrington training ground this morning.

Neville initially planned to prolong his playing career following his decision to leave Everton, but eventually opted to retire from the game and join up with his former boss at the Premier League-winning outfit.

"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," said Moyes. "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 added: "When I retired from football I knew that I wanted to continue in the game - it's something I've 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 played for Everton, but it's no secret that this club is in my heart. I think that together, with Ryan, we can make a real contribution to Manchester United."

Neville, who spent 10 years at United during his playing days, will be joined by Ryan Giggs in the coaching staff following the veteran midfielder's appointment as player-coach.

Ryan Giggs celebrates a goal for United against QPR on February 23, 2013
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