Man United Eyes Huddlestone On Free Transfer

Huddlestone will not be part of the first-team squad and is being signed exclusively to help the club’s younger players.

Manchester United are on the verge of signing free agent Tom Huddlestone as a player-coach for their Under-21 side, according to reports.

The ex-Tottenham midfielder has been out of contract since his previous deal with Championship side Hull City expired at the end of last season and is now on the verge of a surprise move to Old Trafford.

Huddlestone will not be part of the first-team squad and is being signed exclusively to help the club’s younger players.

The former Derby midfielder looks set to replace Paul McShane, who had fulfilled a similar role at United before retiring this summer.

The 36-year-old, who began his playing career in the United academy, re-joined the club in 2021 as a playing coach in the academy, but he will now continue his work as a United academy coach in the Professional Development Phase (U18 to U23).

Huddlestone’s imminent arrival is one of a number of new staffing additions at Old Trafford this summer, with manager Erik ten Hag keen to overhaul the club on and off the pitch.

In addition to assistants Steve McClaren and Mitchel van der Gaag, the Dutchman has also brought in former Porto and Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy as an attacking coach.

United have also raided Ajax yet again to sign performance analyst Kevin Keij, who was a crucial part of Ten Hag’s set-up in Amsterdam.