Juan Mata pays tribute to Kath Phipps the Manchester United receptionist

Manchester United players come and go, and not many people have seen legends pass through Old Trafford quite like Kath Phipps, the club’s receptionist.

The 81-year-old has been at Manchester United since 1968, for 54 years to date, and was this week the well deserving recipient of an award at the League Managers Association.

Kath Phipps was presented with an award by Sir Alex Ferguson, who was in his playing days for Rangers when she took up the job at Old Trafford back in ’68.

Legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson described the award as ‘thoroughly deserved’.

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Players past and present pay tribute to Kath Phipps

Former United star Gary Neville had paid tribute to Kath Phipps and said she represented everything positive about Manchester United. David Beckham responded to his Instagram post with a heart emoji.

Current player Juan Mata led the tributes after she won the award, describing her as ‘the best’.

BBC Sport‘s Simon Stone said: “This latest award is recognition of a life working for Manchester United. A lovely tribute to a lovely, lovely lady.”

At the age of 81, Mrs Phipps is still going strong, with Sir Alex Ferguson commenting via BBC Sport that she “continues to be a great servant to the club.”

She will no doubt have greeted new manager Erik ten Hag with a smile upon his arrival this week, as another new era at the club continues.

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