Premier League – Manchester United: Giggs set for new role

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Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs has been handed a role as player/coach under new boss David Moyes as Scot bolsters his backroom staff.

Giggs will be 40 in November and has played in every season since the introduction of the Premier League, leading Moyes to feel he has the experience necessary to undertake the new role.

The 13-time Premier League champion is currently taking his coaching badges and is expected to receive his UEFA Pro Licence next summer.

Moyes is eager to try and set up his backroom staff as quickly as possible at Old Trafford following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson and the majority of his support team.

Mike Phelan and Rene Meulensteen have headed out of the exit door to find employment elsewhere and the former Everton manager has handed roles to some of his trusted colleagues from Goodison Park.

Assistant manager Steve Round, coach Jimmy Lumsden and goalkeeping coach Chris Woods have all been confirmed as members of staff with the Premier League champions.

Former Manchester United and Everton player Phil Neville is also expected to be unveiled in a coaching role at the club after he announced his retirement from professional football at the conclusion of last term.

On his new role, Giggs said: “It’s no secret I’ve been taking my qualification. I see this as the first step in my future career.

“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.

“I’m really looking forward to working alongside David and the team.”

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