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Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, pictured in 2011, to open a football-themed hotel and a restaurant

Former Manchester United team-mates Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville to open a football-themed hotel and a restaurant

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Ryan Giggs will play a key role in persuading Wayne Rooney to stay at Old Trafford

Manchester United want Wayne Rooney to agree to highly incentivised contract to remain at Old Trafford

Club pin hopes on new player-coach Ryan Giggs being able to talk striker into accepting contract

Manchester United hope Ryan Giggs' appointment as player-coach will persuade Wayne Rooney to stay at club

Ryan Giggs' appointment as coach is crucial in Manchester United's battle to keep Wayne Rooney

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Manchester United coaching return for Phil Neville

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Phil Neville will return to his old club Manchester United as a coach this summer to join David Moyes' backroom staff

Phil Neville returns to Manchester United as the latest addition to David Moyes' coaching team

The former defender returns to Old Trafford

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Paul Scholes: 'I know it's the right time' as midfielder bows out at Old Trafford

Paul Scholes joined Sir Alex Ferguson in saying their goodbye's to their home fans, but feels time is right to retire

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