Manchester United coach Phil Neville admits he doesn’t know if Louis van Gaal will keep him
Phil Neville has admitted that he does not know whether he will be kept on as Manchester United coach under Louis van Gaal’s regime, admitting that he and the rest of the class of 92 do not have a “divine right” to be at the club.
Neville was a coach under the David Moyes regime and was the only member of Moyes’ immediate coaching staff not to be sacked at the same time as the Scotsman. Neville assisted former teammate Ryan Giggs during the Welshman’s spell as interim boss, along with Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, but concedes that he has had no contact with <new Manchester United manager van Gaal.
“It is business as usual as far as I am concerned,” Neville insisted to Sky Sports.
“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.
“There are obviously processes in place and [van Gaal] 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.”
Continuing on the subject of van Gaal, Neville praised the Dutchman’s appointment, before talking up his new assistant manager – Ryan Giggs – who this week confirmed his retirement from playing.
“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.
“[Giggs] 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.”
In 12 games Giggs created nine chances, four more than Marouane Fellaini