Could this former Manchester United star be about to return to Old Trafford?

Phil Neville - Everton

Phil Neville could be on the verge of a return to Manchester United, especially if David Moyes is appointed as the next boss.

Don’t worry United fans, I’m not going to suggest he should go straight into the first team, it’s more what Moyes can draw from him in a coaching sense which is more significant.

Neville announced earlier in the season that he would be leaving Everton, possibly he knew something we didn’t or possibly he just wanted to bypass any attention from his own possible retirement from the game.

Neville has been tipped to go to United as Moyes’ number two although and it wouldn’t be a surprise in the slightest to see him coaching some of the next generation players at Old Trafford.

The problem it creates is that United already have a superb set of backroom individuals, who have all been in various coaching roles for a very long time.

Their longevity was enabled by Sir Alex Ferguson’s success and it seems pointless to transform that side of things, just because the Scot has announced he’s retiring at the end of the season.

Mike Phelan is the perfect example. The current assistant boss is more than capable of carrying on under Moyes, providing crucial assistance and helping the new boss as he continues his journey at the club.

Why on earth would United allow him to be ousted for Neville, someone who doesn’t have any experience when it comes to management?

It would be a huge risk for the club to take at such a crucial time when their rivals are undoubtedly going to be viewing them as weaker for Ferguson’s departure.

What could be much more likely is Moyes encouraging Neville to take a coaching role in one of the youth teams or possibly the reserve team, similarly to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before his return to Norway.

Neville has a lot of experience as a defender and a defensive midfielder and his career at United could be just what the club needs to fall back on at a time of relative uncertainty.

He knows what the club expects and the standards which are demanded, not just from the first team but running through every single team throughout the business and organisation.

There is nothing wrong with the back room team at United, so as long as they are happy to work under another manager, there is no point in moving them on.

Moyes is going to need all the help he can get from the current staff and Phil Neville would be one of his first sensible appointments as the boss, but only if he’s appointed to the right job.

Do you see Neville becoming a coach at United? 

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