Manchester United have today confirmed that Mike Phelan has signed a three-year deal to become Assistant Manager to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Phelan has been serving as part of Solskjaer’s backroom staff after he returned to the club in December.
Phelan, of course, is no stranger to the club as he had previously served as assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson from 2008 up until 2013 - When David Moyes took over as manager. The 56-year-old is also a former United player so it’s fair to say that the club has been a big part of his life in football.
In an official statement released on the clubs website, Phelan said:
“I am thrilled to be back as Assistant Manager. Manchester United has been a huge part of my life since I joined as a player in 1989 and I am delighted to be able to continue that relationship in this key role.”
Phelan’s appointment was welcomed by his new boss, who took time during his press conference on Friday to have his say on what Phelan brings to his coaching team. Solskjaer told the media:
“I think he’s fantastic at his job as assistant manager, so I’m very pleased they’ve [the hierarchy] finally agreed. When Ed rang me that was my first port of to assist me and we’re here now for a few years together.” Ole added: “I’ve been a player under him and his knowledge, experience, his demeanor, everyone in the club enjoys speaking to him, talking to him, discussing football with him.”
There’s no doubt that Phelan brings a lot of experience to the table, after all, during his time as assistant to Sir Alex, he won three Premier League titles, a Club World Cup, two League Cups, along with two Champions League finals appearances, his experience and knowledge is much needed in the United changing room.