Report: Man Utd in talks to appoint former Spurs midfielder as player-coach

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Manchester United are in talks to appoint former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Huddlestone to coach and play for their Under-21 side, according to The Telegraph.

The report claims that United have been looking to bring in a replacement for Paul McShane, who operated in a player-coach role until the end of last season but will now instead purely focus on the coaching side.

Clubs are permitted to play five over-aged outfield players and one goalkeeper within the Premier League 2 competition, which is primarily an Under-21 competition.

Huddlestone left Championship outfit Hull City at the end of the previous campaign and has been looking to make his first moves into a coaching career.

United have been looking to bring in a number six to fulfill the role outside of the first team with the  35-year-old having vast experience of operating as a deep-lying midfielder during his time in the Premier League with Tottenham.

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The plan of having an experienced player operating within the U21 side is a clever idea from United’s head of Academy, Nick Cox given the fact it gives the coach who is sharing the field with the younger talent a first-hand experience of their ability and what exactly they need to improve on.

Huddlestone is known to be a very astute person and would be a great fit, not only for his own career progression but also for the youngsters at Carrington.