Bryan Ruiz invited to Man United's Carrington by Erik ten Hag and Steve McClaren
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Manchester United have invited former Fulham star Bryan Ruiz to Carrington to help him gain experience as a coach.
Ruiz enjoyed four seasons in England with Fulham before calling time on his career last year.
But he's remained in the sport as he's taken up coaching in his native Costa Rica.
On Friday, though, he was in the Netherlands for FC Twente's Wout Brama's farewell match, where he bumped into Man United gaffer Erik ten Hag.
The Dutch boss spent his early managerial days at Twente, taking charge of the club's under-17s team, followed by the under-19s team.
He then worked with Steve McClaren before joining PSV Eindhoven's backroom staff.
Ten Hag and Ruiz never crossed paths at Twente, but McClaren worked with the midfielder during the season he won the Eredivisie title.
Ruiz has since been invited to Man United's training base by Ten Hag and McClaren, having previously worked with the English coach in the Netherlands.
"I keep myself fit," the 38-year-old told De Telegraaf. "I go to the gym, I play tennis and padel. The first six months after I stopped I took completely time off and only spent time with my family.
"Now I have started as a trainer of the Deportivo Alajuelense under-17s to find out whether I am good at being a trainer and also whether I enjoy it enough.
“I have now received an invitation to come and see Steve McClaren and Erik ten Hag at Manchester United. Those are fun things to do."