Confirmed: Manchester United have appointed new coach

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Manchester United have moved to appoint England Under-17s head coach as the club’s academy’s head of player development.

Justin Cochrane will now work as the academy’s head of player development and coaching.

The 39-year-old will work in conjunction with Under-23s manager Neil Wood and Under-18s manager Neil Ryan, as United seek to maintain a consistent coaching style of play throughout the youth teams.

Upon his appointment, Cochrane said: “Joining such a world-renowned academy system is an extremely proud moment and I cannot wait to get started in this new and exciting role.

“From the first conversations, I could see the depth of top-level coaching talent that is already in place at the club.

“I look forward to working with each of them to provide the right environment for our players to thrive and to continue the phenomenal record of developing players for Manchester United’s first-team.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone at The FA for their support over the last three years, working alongside such a dedicated group of staff is a period of my career that I will never forget. Working within the national team set up to develop future England internationals was an incredible experience and I wish Gareth and his staff all the best for Euro 2020.”

Cochrane is highly rated within the Football Association after three years working in England’s youth teams.

We wish him all the best.

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