Manchester United appoints former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Huddlestone as a player-coach for the upcoming season.

The 35-year-old who featured four times for England was one of three senior players to be released by Hull City at the end of last season after his contract at MKM Stadium expired.

Huddlestone has now made the switch to Manchester United as a player-coach but he will succeed Paul McShane in the role as the 20th Premier League champions confirmed the news via a statement on the  official website.

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“The experienced midfielder will create various unique development opportunities for United’s Academy players by coaching from within training sessions and driving daily standards on and off the pitch,”

Head of Academy Nick Cox said     : “We are really pleased to add both Tom and David to our team of best-in-class coaching experts working across the Professional Development Phase.

“The innovative approach that we took in appointing a playing coach last season was a real success and brought a range of benefits to the whole Academy.

“Tom is a superb candidate to take on this important role. Having played at the highest level during his outstanding career and already displayed excellent capabilities as a coach, his presence will benefit our players immeasurably.

“David brings a fantastic wealth of coaching and leadership experience. He has a proven track record of developing a great number of players who are playing in the Premier League and throughout professional football.

“David and Tom join a world-class team of coaches, led by Travis Binnion, who will continue to develop players for our first team and build on the legacy of our world-leading youth development.

Huddlestone will work with David Hughes, who will be a professional development phase coach for Old Trafford outfit as Derby academy graduate could featured Under-21s in Premier League 2 and the EFL Trophy, providing that he comes through a medical.



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