Phil Neville career plans changed after Manchester United approach

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Former Manchester United defender Phil Neville has revealed that the opportunity to coach the Red Devils was too good to turn down. 

As reported by the Express, Neville, who left Old Trafford after Moyes' sacking this past summer, has admitted that he changed his career plans after the now Real Sociedad boss approached him. 

Neville was set to take up a role as a pundit, but opted to sit alongside Moyes in the Old Trafford dugout after previously starring under him at Merseyside outfit Everton. 

And the former red has admitted that he could resist the offer, as he stated: "David Moyes approached me and asked me if I'd like to be his first team coach at Manchester United.

"It was too good an offer to turn down and that meant my new career path was put on hold…"

BBC deal 

Ultimately, Neville is now involved with the BBC, something that he believes is key for him after retiring. 

He continued by saying: "Before I retired, I had agreed to join the BBC to work as a pundit, with my contract beginning at the start of the 2014/15 season.

"I thought it was crucial to step out of the game for twelve months to see the game from a different view point, watching games from a different angle.

"Towards the end of my career, I was thinking about going into the media world. It's crucial with three to four years left in the game you begin to plan for the end. I've always had a good relationship with the BBC and I'd enjoyed the freedom that goes hand in hand with punditry so it was ideal for me."

United on the up 

Now, though, under Louis van Gaal, things are certainly looking up for the Red Devils as they go in search of long term success. After missing out on Champions League qualification, the Old Trafford outfit are now in with a great chance of securing elite European football for next season. 

It's now crucial that they deliver over the coming weeks as a second term without the Champions League will be a nightmare for the club. There's no doubt about it, after proving their credentials against the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool, they should go on to end in the top four. 

Manchester United fans: Did you want Neville to stay after Moyes' sacking? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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