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Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs single-handedly blocked the deal to bring Thiago Alcantara to the club last summer, claims Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.
The new Old Trafford assistant manager was a lone dissenting voice as former Old Trafford manager David Moyes asked his staff about the deal before sanctioning the move last summer, claims the report.
Meanwhile, United first-team coach Phil Neville told Sky Sports he remains uncertain of his future at the club under Louis van Gaal (via Liam Prenderville of the Daily Mirror).
The former United player was brought back to the club as part of David Moyes' backroom staff last year, but he is still in the dark over what his role, if any, will be next season.
Neville is quoted as saying:
There are obviously processes in place and he will have his structures and team, and you just hope you are a part of that.
I was first-team coach last year.
I am not sure what my role will be next year, but over the next couple of weeks I will find out and hopefully I will be involved at Manchester United.