Manchester United confirms Mike Phelan as assistant manager

Mike Phelan returned to Manchester United in December and has now been confirmed as the club's permanent assistant manager.

Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and assistant Mike Phelan   -  Getty Images

Mike Phelan has been confirmed as Manchester United's assistant manager on a three-year contract.

The 56-year-old had been working as part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's backroom staff since December and has now agreed a permanent deal.

Phelan had been touted as a candidate for the role of director of football at Old Trafford, but United confirmed on Friday he would continue to assist Solskjaer with the day-to-day running of the first team.

"He walks around Carrington and players really respect him," Solskjaer told a media conference ahead of United's final Premier League game of 2018-19 at home to Cardiff City on Sunday.

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"They know what he can do and he's worked with the best. I'm a young manager, I still feel I'm young anyway, and Mick's got more experience in a few areas than I have.

"I've been a player under [Phelan] and his knowledge, his experience, his demeanour; everyone in the club enjoys speaking to him, talking to him, discussing football with him."

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