Mike Phelan threatens to leave Solskjaer’s side after seeking assurances in talks with Man Utd

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MIKE PHELAN could be set to LEAVE Manchester United over concerns with the management structure.

Following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signing a three-year contract to become permanent manager, it was expected Phelan would stay on as assistant.

Mike Phelan has still not signed a deal to remain at Manchester United beyond this season
Mike Phelan has still not signed a deal to remain at Manchester United beyond this season
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Both have been credited to turning around Manchester United‘s season, with a top-four finish very much the aim.

But according to MailOnline, Phelan, who was Sir Alex Ferguson’s trust lieutenant during the glory days, is “considering his position” after having talks with the club.

His issues are believed to be centred around a complicated management and recruitment system, something the club are keen to sort out.

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward and Solskjaer himself want to appoint a sporting director to streamline the process.

But with 58 scouts based all over the world, Phelan “wants to establish a clearer line of communication between the coaching team and the Old Trafford hierarchy”.

The 56-year-old returned to the club this season, five-and-a-half-years after leaving together with the retiring Fergie.


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He then had two unsuccessful coaching spells at Norwich and Hull City, before being appointed by Australian side Central Coast Mariners as sporting director.

Solskjaer considers Phelan a “key part of the club” and expects him to strike a deal with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward when United find a free week.

Phelan played at Old Trafford between 1989 and 1994 before Ferguson offered him a coaching position in 2001.

New permanent Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to retain Mike Phelan
New permanent Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to retain Mike Phelan
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