Manchester United latest: Including Giggs and Neville

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Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs had been handed a player-coach role at Old Trafford.

New boss David Moyes welcomed the 39-year-old Welshman to the backroom staff.

“I'm delighted that Ryan has accepted the chance to become player-coach," he said.

"His success and ability to adapt his game over a number of years gives him an unrivaled perspective on the modern game.”

"His career is an example to any aspiring young player and I'm sure that both he and the players will benefit from his new role," the boss added.

Former United defender and Moyes’ former captain at Everton Phil Neville has also joined United in a coaching capacity.

The Guardian reports that there are ‘concerns’ over the ‘Evertonisation’ of United following Moyes’ appointment as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor.

David Moyes will address the media on Friday for the first time as United boss.

In transfer news, United could ‘play tough’ with striker Wayne Rooney over his prospective transfer, according to The Guardian.

The Daily Mail reports that Rooney will have to submit an official written transfer request if he intends to leave the club.

Meanwhile, United are understood to be ‘closing in’ on Thiago Alcantara of Barcelona, according to The Express.

Speculation over the Spanish youngster’s future intensified after Barcelona cropped Thiago out of a team photo.

Elsewhere, United youngster Mats Daehli has left the club join Molde under the management of United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a deal thought to be worth £1.5 million. It is understood the deal contains a buy-back clause.

In other news, former United goalkeeper legend Jack Crompton has died aged 91.

Crompton made 212 appearances for the Red Devils and won the 1948 FA Cup under Sir Matt Busby, along with the league title in 1952 before taking up at coaching role at the club in 1955 and helped the club rebuild following the 1958 Munich Air Disaster.

He was part of the backroom staff when Busby’s United won their first European Cup at Wembley in 1968.

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