Phil Neville and Nicky Butt could face the sack at Manchester United

Pair face uncertain future at Old Trafford

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Phil Neville and Nicky Butt face a wait to see whether they have futures at Manchester United under new boss Louis van Gaal.

Both men were involved in the coaching set up at the club last season, but will have to wait to see if they have a role in the new regime.

Van Gaal is set to take over at Old Trafford next week, when his World Cup duties end.

Neville was brought in at United when David Moyes became boss, but stayed after the Scotsman was sacked.

"I am still at United, I think my future will be resolved in the next five days," he said.

"I am speaking to the chief executive in the next five days and it will all be sorted.

"It might be the case that I might have to go and pursue other areas for next season. That is football.

"But I think I will always be involved in some capacity at Man Utd. Once you are a part of Manchester United you are part of it for life.

"I came back into football 12 months because David Moyes asked me to come back.


"I probably wouldn't have come into coaching if it hadn't been for the fact I was working for David Moyes at Manchester United. The opportunity was too good to turn down.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my 12 months in coaching. It is something I really want to do and it will be something I do in the future."

Meanwhile Ryan Giggs has spoken glowingly about his new boss, Van Gaal: “He’s got a clear philosophy and he sticks to that philosophy. He won’t be afraid of taking over at Manchester United. He’ll look forward to it, he’s been at huge clubs like Barca and Bayern. In my opinion, United are the biggest. He’s not apprehensive, he’s excited by it.”