Huddlestone to undergo medical as Manchester United coaching hire confirmed

Manchester United have confirmed the hire of veteran midfielder Tom Huddlestone on a player and coach role for the under-21s.

The former England international is 35, and taking his first steps into coaching. Following the path created at United by Paul McShane last season, Huddlestone will work as a player and coach, helping the development of youngsters.

Manchester United have confirmed via the club website that Huddlestone will only be eligible for the under-21s, and not the first team, once a medical has been completed.

The report states: “Huddlestone will at times play in fixtures, subject to undergoing a successful medical. However this will solely be for United’s Under-21s side as one of five permitted over-age outfield players in Premier League 2 and the EFL Trophy.”

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Huddlestone to undergo medical

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Huddlestone was pictured at Carrington (top) and below with under-21s coach Travis Binnion, who was in charge of the under-18s last season.

The midfielder was a player at Hull City last season, and before that at Derby County, where current United assistant Steve McClaren worked as technical director.

United head of academy Nick Cox said: “The innovative approach that we took in appointing a playing coach last season was a real success and brought a range of benefits to the whole academy.

“Tom is a superb candidate to take on this important role. Having played at the highest level during his outstanding career and already displayed excellent capabilities as a coach, his presence will benefit our players immeasurably.”

McShane, who played five games last season for the under-21s, now works full time as a coach at the club in the academy.

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United also confirmed the hire of David Hughes, who joins the club from Cardiff City. He will work across the 17 to 23 age group in a supportive coaching role.

Cox added: “David brings a fantastic wealth of coaching and leadership experience. He has a proven track record of developing a great number of players who are playing in the Premier League and throughout professional football.”

United’s under-21 season begins on Saturday when the side face Arsenal away at 12pm. It’s unclear if Huddlestone will be considered for selection this early, and he will of course have to pass his medical.

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