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Man Utd hold Huddlestone talks over U21s player-coach role

Manchester United are in talks with former Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone over a player-coach role with the U21 team.

The 35-year-old left Hull City at the end of last season and looks set to move into coaching following a playing career that included eight seasons at Spurs and four England caps.

Huddlestone would be allowed to play as an over-aged player in Premier League 2 matches, which is an U21 competition that allows clubs to field a goalkeeper over the age limit and up to five "over-age" outfield players in every match.

The former Derby midfielder looks set to replace Paul McShane, who had fulfilled a similar role at United before retiring this summer.

The 36-year-old, who began his playing career in the United academy, re-joined the club in 2021 as a playing coach in the academy, but he will now continue his work as a United academy coach in the Professional Development Phase (U18 to U23).

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