The Belfast-born player joined Manchester United .
Mulryne was a fans’ favourite and made 161 appearances at the club.
His journey was a long one with a two-year philosophy degree in Rome, followed by a four-year theology degree before finally be qualifying as a priest.
Mulryne once dated model Nicola Chapman and was sent home from a Northern Ireland squad after breaking a curfew to go drinking. 
The former Northern Ireland international midfielder was invited into the priesthood by Bishop Noel Treanor of Down and Connor after leaving the sport and becoming involved in charitable activities.
Mulryne, 34, began his career with the Manchester United youth team in 1994, in one of the most famous English league all times, with Beckham, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt all playing in similar positions.
Phil did charitable work; helping the homeless on a weekly basis. 
Mulryne’s mother Sally said the decision to follow his vocation was a “big decision”
(see Phil at 3:48) Edited from the Irish Independant