Man Utd coaches Phil Neville and Nicky Butt wait on futures

By Simon StoneBBC Sport
Nicky Butt (l) and Phil Neville (r) with Paul Scholes
Butt (left) and Neville worked as coaches alongside former team-mate Paul Scholes (centre) last season

Phil Neville and Nicky Butt expect to learn next week if they have a future coaching at Manchester United.

The former Old Trafford stars were involved last season and worked under Ryan Giggs when he took charge following the sacking of David Moyes.

But with new boss Louis van Gaal on World Cup duty with the Netherlands, the pair are still unsure what plans the club have for them.

"Football moves on and sometimes you have to move on," said Neville.

"My future will probably be resolved in the next five days."

The former United and Everton defender, who has been working as a BBC pundit at the World Cup in Brazil, added: "I am speaking with the chief executive. There is no fall-out."

The 37-year-old said that if he was not involved as a coach under Van Gaal, then he felt he could "play a part in it in other ways".

Former midfielder Butt hopes to remain involved at United.

"There isn't a role I would turn down," said the 39-year-old, who took charge of United's side in the Under-19 Uefa Youth League last season.

"The last 18 months have been about my development as a coach. The next step might be managing different aspects of the game.

"I am open to anything, but my biggest thing is to have a purpose. Whether that is with 12-year-old kids or the first team is irrelevant."

Neville and Butt, along with Giggs, Paul Scholes and Neville's older brother Gary, are also spending their time on their long-term project at Salford City, the Northern League club they took overexternal-link in March.

They could all feature in a pre-season game against Salfordexternal-link at the 12,000-capacity AJ Bell Stadiumexternal-link on 7 August.