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Butt and Neville to learn future next week

article-2618138-1D610C9900000578-135_634x387Phil Neville and Nicky Butt will discover whether they’re part of Louis Van Gaal’s plans or not over by the end of next week, once the Dutch manager officially takes over at Manchester United after his World Cup campaign with Holland.

Neville returned to Old Trafford last season as part of David Moyes’ coaching staff and continued to work alongside interim manager Ryan Giggs even after Moyes was sacked in April, but with Van Gaal bringing in three new coaches – Frans Hoek, Marcel Bout and Albert Stuivenberg – and Giggs promoted to assistant manager, Neville’s future remains unclear.

The former United left-back, who has spent the summer as part of the BBC’s commentary team for the World Cup, has admitted he might not be part of Van Gaal’s plans next season.

“Football moves on and sometimes you have to move on. My future will probably be resolved in the next five days,” Neville told the BBC.

“I am speaking with the chief executive [Ed Woodward]. There is no fall-out. If I am not involved [as a coach] I am sure I will be able to play a part in it in other ways.”

Butt, meanwhile, was expected to stay on as manager of the Under 19 side as well as working alongside Warren Joyce with the Under 21 squad but the former United midfielder hasn’t received an official confirmation yet.

“There isn’t a role I would turn down,” said Butt. “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.”