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Phil Neville set to discover Manchester United future

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Manchester United coach Phil Neville has returned to England ahead of talks with the Premier League giants to determine whether he still has a future at Old Trafford.

The Daily Mail reports how the 37-year-old had been out in Brazil on World Cup co-commentating duty for the BBC, but has cut short his stay in South America to discuss his role with the Red Devils moving forward.

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Neville was previously employed as Manchester United first-team coach under the former stewardship of David Moyes, but doubts have been raised about his position following the recent appointment of Louis van Gaal.

A new era at Old Trafford

The Holland head coach will be assisted by club legend Ryan Giggs, who took interim charge of first-team affairs at the end of last season following Moyes's sacking. The Manchester United veteran has since retired from playing to focus on his coaching career.

Van Gaal has also added fellow Dutchman Marcel Bout to his coaching staff in preparation for the 2014/15 campaign, but it remains to be seen whether there will be room for Neville in the backroom team.

Neville's credentials

The former Everton midfielder - who came through the ranks at Manchester United alongside Giggs as part of the famous Class of '92 - is expected to meet senior Old Trafford officials at the club's AON Training Complex at Carrington in the next few days, with an announcement regarding his future anticipated by the end of the week.

According to a Manchester United insider last week, the 'Class of 92' are "part of the fabric of the football club", so it's unlikely that Neville will be dismissed completely, but he might have to settle for a reduced role.

What does the future hold?

With Nicky Butt confirmed to be staying on to help Warren Joice coach the Red Devils' U21 and U19 teams, Neville could be offered a similar position outside of the first-team fold.

Either way, Van Gaal would be foolish to turn his back entirely on the heritage of one of the most famous clubs in world football, and having accepted Giggs as his No.2 it's now time to find a place for Neville as well.

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