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Phil Neville Leaves Manchester United, Will Serve as Match of the Day Analyst

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 03:  Ryan Giggs the Manchester United interim manager speaks with coach Phil Neville during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford on May 3, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2014

While clubs all over the Premier League continue to scour the market for potential transfers, a different type of transfer occurred on Wednesday, as Phil Neville confirmed he will be leaving Manchester United and joining BBC's Match of the Day.      

Telegraph Football reported the news via Twitter Wednesday:

Neville himself later confirmed he was no longer on the United coaching staff:

BBC executive Mark Cole had more on the career shift for Neville, via Ben Rumsby of The Telegraph:

After 22 years, Alan Hansen will no longer be with the show, but the World Cup really showcased the strength of the new BBC punditry team. We will continue to evolve the Saturday night panel and feel we have a really good blend of regular studio guests.

Alan Shearer has established himself as one of the top pundits in the UK, while Danny Murphy and Philip Neville will regularly provide added tactical analysis. There will be strong opinions from Ruud Gullit and Robbie Savage, while Rio Ferdinand will continue to give excellent insight around his playing commitments.

Add in Gary Lineker and a slew of guest analysts, and it's a pretty strong group.

Neville was brought aboard as an assistant under David Moyes last year and stuck around when Ryan Giggs took over as interim manager, but apparently there wasn't a place for him under new manager Louis van Gaal.

It remains uncertain who instigated the split, though in mid-July Van Gaal did say he would like to retain Neville, per James Andrew of the Daily Mail.

During his playing career, Neville was a part of the famous "Class of '92" at Manchester United that included Gary Neville, David BeckhamNicky ButtPaul Scholes and Giggs. The six men won the FA Youth Cup in 1992, and in his career Neville would contribute to six league titles, three FA Cup triumphs and a Champions League title in the 1998-99 season.

He would finish his career with Everton, retiring in 2013.

In his career, he played at both full-back positions and was also utilized as a defensive midfielder. Now, he'll be bringing the expertise that comes from a long and successful playing career to the analyst's chair.

It may not have been the transfer Manchester United fans were expecting this season, but Neville should be a strong addition to the Man of the Match crew. 

 

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