Tom Huddlestone 'over the moon' with Manchester United coaching role

Former England international Tom Huddlestone says he is ‘over the moon’ after being hired by Manchester United.

The 35-year-old was confirmed as a player and coach for the under-21 squad earlier this week.

Now with a message on social media, Huddlestone says he is excited to have the opportunity and wants to give back to the younger generation.

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Huddlestone replaces Paul McShane as player coach, who has moved into a full-time coaching role.

The Irishman played five times for the under-23s last season, which has now reverted to being called the under-21s, although a limited number of overage players are permitted to play.

The former Tottenham, Hull, and Derby star will get the chance to work with some of Manchester United’s FA Youth Cup winning squad, who will be stepping up from the under-18s to the under-21s.

United’s first under-21 game is away at Arsenal on Saturday at 12pm.

Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images

Huddlestone played more than 240 times in the Premier League and has more than 550 competitive appearances to his name.

This player and coaching role is viewed as an innovative one where the young players can benefit from his advice and experience, while he can transition into a coaching role in a high level environment.

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