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From the pitch to the pulpit: Former Manchester United and Beckham team-mate ordained as a priest





Former Manchester United player Philip Mulryne has shunned the normal post-football career route of coaching or punditry by becoming a priest in the Republic of Ireland.

Mulryne, who partnered David Beckham in United's youth set-up and also featured for Norwich City and Cardiff City, hung up his boots in 2008 at the age of 30.

Almost immediately after retirement he began studying for ordination into the Roman Catholic priesthood, a process that culminated on Saturday with a formal ceremony in Dublin's St. Saviour's Church.

"In a real sense, your experience as an athlete has helped to prepare you for this moment: you have known the meaning of working hard to attain a goal, and now the goal is Christ."

Mulryne represented United five times at senior level, although his chances were curtailed by the emergence of the famous 'Class of 92' that featured the likes of Beckham, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes.
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