Gary Neville is expected to take his first steps towards joining the Manchester United coaching staff by overseeing training for some of the club's youngsters this week.
Neville, 35, announced his retirement from playing earlier this month and has been earmarked as the potential reserve team coach for next season.
Although his current arrangement is on a casual basis it is expected to be the prelude to a longer career.
United's Paul Scholes hailed his friend's contribution to United on Wednesday.
He said: 'It's sad. If Gary had stayed fit he would have had more than 120 caps for England. I will miss him but what a career he's had as well.'
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