Former Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer has become a deacon 4 years ago

Former Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer has become a deacon

Talk about a career change.

Former Manchester United footballer and Northern Ireland international Philip Mulryne has been ordained a deacon of the Catholic Church this weekend.

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Mulryne began studying for priesthood in 2009, and will be ordained a priest next year, according to the Irish Times.

Mulryne racked up just the one appearance for Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson — something which clearly sparked his aversion to "devils". He then made a move to Norwich City. Before retiring from football in 2008, Mulryne played for a number of clubs, including Leyton Orient and Cardiff City.

He also made 27 appearances for Northern Ireland between 1997 and 2007.

Only 38, he's hung up his boots and swapped them for a white collar, after being ordained at a Mass in St Saviour’s Church on Dominick Street in Dublin.

After Man United's god-awful results of late, Jose Mourinho will be hoping that Mulryne includes his side in a prayer or two.