Club legend Mike Phelan has been appointed as assistant manager to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United!
Phelan rejoined Man United in December as assistant manager when Solskjaer was appointed an interim manager. It was first expected the two of them would only be at Old Trafford until the end of this season. However, after a fantastic run of form that saw United go 12 games unbeaten, Solskjaer was given the job permanently.
Phelan wasn’t given the assistant manager role straight away. He was still the sporting director at Central Coast Mariners in Australia. There were also many rumours regarding the Technical Director of Football at Man United. Phelan’s name was being mentioned a lot as to him taking on the role. However, today that was all put to bed with his new appointment.
He will bring lots of experience with him having played and coached at the club before. He joined Man United as a player in 1989 and stayed until 1994. Over the five years, he featured 102 times.
After retiring from football Phelan went into coaching. He was the assistant manager of Norwich, Blackpool and Stockport before joining United as a coach. From 2001-2008 Phelan was a first-team coach for United and then got promoted to assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson. Whilst working alongside Ferguson as assistant United won three Premier League titles, two League Cups and reached two Champions League finals.
This is exactly the type of experience that Solskjaer is going to need. Phelan knows what is required at Old Trafford and will help in shacking up the club this summer.
The United manager has admitted they are a long way off winning the league but you can back them already on Paddy Power. The Red Devils to win the league for the 21st time is 18/1.