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Neville left in the dark by Van Gaal

ESPN staff
May 21, 2014
Ryan Giggs has been appointed assistant manager at Manchester Utd, but Phil Neville's future remains uncertain © PA Photos

Phil Neville has not yet heard if there will be a place for him on Louis van Gaal's coaching staff at Manchester United, but hopes the Dutchman wants to keep him.

Van Gaal was appointed manager on Monday, signing a three-year contract and working with Ryan Giggs, who has been confirmed as his assistant, but has not spoken to the man who was David Moyes' first-team coach.

United have not announced if the three members of the Class of '92 who helped Giggs out during his time as interim manager - Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt - will remain at Old Trafford.

Neville, who made 386 appearances for United before joining Everton in 2005, returned to his first club last summer.

And while two other members of the Scot's backroom staff, Steve Round and Jimmy Lumsden, were sacked immediately after his departure, the 37-year-old formed part of Giggs' team and is eager to work for Van Gaal.

"It is business as usual as far as I am concerned," Neville told Sky Sports News. "I was first-team coach last year. I am not sure what my role will be next year but over the next couple of weeks I will find out about my role and hopefully I will be involved at Man Utd. We [Neville, Butt and Scholes] do love Man Utd but that doesn't give us a divine right to be in and around the club."

Neville confirmed he has not yet heard from Van Gaal, adding: "There are obviously processes in place and he will have his structures and team, and you just hope you are a part of that. He is obviously a busy man with Holland at the World Cup."

The former England international welcomed the appointment of the Dutchman, who has won league titles as manager of Ajax, AZ Alkmaar, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

He said: "He has got massive experience and he has obviously coached and managed some of the biggest clubs in the world. He comes with a fantastic pedigree. It is the first foreign manager United have ever had. It is interesting times ahead. We have got to make sure we improve on last season. Last season was disappointing and hopefully with the new manager we can get back to challenging for league titles and European medals."

Neville said he was taken aback when Giggs ended his 23-year playing career by announcing his retirement on Monday. The 40-year-old made his 963rd and final appearance as interim manager against Hull earlier this month and his former team-mate paid tribute to a man he regards as one of the greatest footballers in the club's history.

He added: "He is without doubt one of the best players that has ever played for Man Utd. We have had some great players playing for this football club, but the length of time he has spent in the game... I was surprised he did retire because he was still showing signs he could compete at the top level.

"He managed himself brilliantly towards the end of his career and redefined his role every season, redefined his position. He is a close friend of mine. I have seen from an early age how special that lad can be."

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