A former Manchester United player has made his solemn profession as a Dominican friar.

Philip Mulryne made five appearances for Manchester United, 27 for Northern Ireland and 161 for Norwich City, before retiring from football in 2008 to try his vocation to the priesthood.

Now he has made his solemn profession “until death”, which takes place after four years of study and formation. The next steps are ordination to the diaconate, and then to the priesthood.

Mulryne, a midfielder, struggled to gain a place in the Manchester United first team in the era of David Beckham, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes. But after his £500,000 move to Norwich he flourished, and was part of the team that gained promotion to the Premier League in 2004.

He later had spells with Cardiff and Ipswich before retiring in 2008.

Mulryne was reported to have earned £500,000 a year while at Norwich. In 2005 he was suspended from the Northern Ireland squad after going on an all-night drinking spree.

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