MANCHESTER UNITED have brought in former Cardiff coach David Hughes to their academy set-up.

The 44-year-old left the Bluebirds earlier this month and will be Professional Development Phase coach at Old Trafford.

He will primarily work with the Red Devils' Under-21s.

But he will also have an input into the development of players across the 17 to 23 age group.

Retired defender Hughes had a short and injury-hit spell at Aston Villa in the late 1990s.

The Welshman played most of his career for Shrewsbury Town before earning a £450,000 move to Cardiff, where injuries forced him to hang up his boots in 2003.

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Hughes has also been a youth coach at Shrewsbury, Watford, Aston Villa and Southampton.

And he has worked as Assistant Intermediate Team Manager for the Wales Under-21 and Under-17 sides.

United won the FA Youth Cup last season and are keen to build on that success as the new era under new first team boss Erik ten Hag gets underway.

The club has a proud record of bringing through young players, most notably their fabled Class of '92 featuring Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and David Beckham.

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United took several academy players on their first-team's pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia this summer.

The prospects who travelled Down Under included 19-year-old midfielder Charlie Savage, the son of former United youth star and one-time Leicester hero Robbie Savage, 47.

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