Neville and Butt to learn Manchester United fate by next week

by Dan Cancian

Phil Neville and Nicky Butt will learn whether they have a future at Manchester United by the end of next week, with neither entirely sure to be involved in the club’s plans next season.

Louis Van Gaal will bring three new coaches at Old Trafford next season, Frans Hoek, Marcel Bout and Albert Stuivenberg, and has already named Ryan Giggs as his assistant coach which means Neville, who returned to United last season as part of David Moyes’ coaching staff, might have to leave the club.

“Football moves on and sometimes you have to move on,” Neville told the BBC.

“My future will probably be resolved in the next five days.”I am speaking with the chief executive [Ed Woodward]. There is no fall-out.”

Neville said that if he wasn’t involved directly under Van Gaal, he still felt he could “play a part in it in other ways”.

Despite reports last month confirming he’d remain in charge of the Under-19 side in the UEFA Youth League, Butt has admitted his future remains unclear too.

The 39-year-old was thought to have been confirmed in his coaching role and was also expected to continue working alongside Warren Joyce with the Under 21 side but he’s still to receive an official confirmation from the club.

“There isn’t a role I would turn down,” said Butt.

“The last 18 months have been about my development as a coach. The next step might be managing different aspects of the game.

“I am open to anything, but my biggest thing is to have a purpose. Whether that is with 12-year-old kids or the first team is irrelevant.”

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