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Phil Neville was told he'd be dead by 45

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Former Manchester United coach Phil Neville has revealed that he was told he'd be dead by 45 if he continued going the way he was. 

In an interview with the Daily Mail, the former United and Everton player, who left the club at the end of last season after working under David Moyes, has insisted that he gave it his all as he attempted to achieve success with the Red Devils.

Torrid time 

Ultimately, though, things didn't go to plan for Neville and Co. last term, as the Red Devils endured a nightmare season after the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

Neville has insisted that he worked as hard as he could during his brief tenure, and would even attempt to plan for four games at a time. 

Speaking to the Mail, Neville said: "I like to be busy. It was why I enjoyed being first-team coach at United so much.

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"Going out on to that training field, planning training, working with the best set of lads you could ever wish to know.

"The gaffer and Steve Round [Moyes’ assistant] gave me responsibility straight away. They threw me in at the deep end and said, “You’ve got to be able to handle this.

"If Man United players sniff any uncertainty or a lack of organisation, they will be at you. So you have to be on it every single day, in every single session. You always have to turn up with your A game.

"I wanted to be planning the teams and planning training for the next four games. The other coaches would tell me I’d be dead by the time I was 45 if I kept going the way I was. But I loved it."

There's no doubt about it, despite Neville's hard work, things just didn't take off for the David Moyes regime last term. 

The future 

Now, though, with Louis van Gaal in charge at Old Trafford, things are looking up for the club as they attempt to make a swift return to the Champions League. 

Unbeaten in their last 10 outings, United currently sit in third place in the Premier League table - nine points behind joint leaders Chelsea and Manchester City. United fans will currently be looking forward to this weekend's FA Cup schedule, as they travel to Huish Park to take on League One outfit Yeovil Town. 

Neville, meanwhile, will continue his punditry role as he continues his break from the coaching scene. It remains to be seen as to whether he will attempt to make his way back into the game anytime soon. 

Manchester United fans: Do you think Van Gaal should have kept Neville on at Old Trafford? Or did he have to move on? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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