United appoint Neville and Giggs as coaches

Manchester United have named Phil Neville as first team coach, and made Ryan Giggs a player coach from immediate effect.

Neville returns to Old Trafford after eight years with Everton, where he played under new United manager David Moyes, and the 36 year old arrived at Carrington this morning ahead of commencing his new role.

He played almost 400 times for United in an eleven year spell after turning professional in 1994, going on to win six Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the Champions League.

Meanwhile Giggs, who turns 40 in November, has accepted the offer to become a player coach with the club.

The Welshman, who is United’s record appearance maker, will combine his new duties with being a member of the first team squad.

Giggs has made no secret of his ambition to coach one day, and has been completing his badges over the past few seasons.

Elsewhere, the Express have reported that Thiago Alcantara’s proposed move to Manchester United could be completed as soon as Friday, after United sources suggested a deal was ‘very close’.

There is hope that David Moyes will be able to announce the signing at his first official press conference as Manchester United manager.