Published On: Mon, Apr 22nd, 2019

Man Utd assistant Mike Phelan to LEAVE Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dugout to take up new role | Football | Sport

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Phelan returned to Old Trafford as assistant when Solskjaer took over as manager in December.

Phelan had been Sir Alex Ferguson’s No 2 for a lengthy period and Solskjaer was quick to bring the 56-year-old back to the club.

It has been constantly reported that Manchester United are after a director of football and Phelan could now land a role.

Plenty of outlets are claiming that United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will offer Phelan the role of technical director.

That would mean Phelan would depart Solskjaer’s side but it’s reported that United are keen to have a familiar face in the director role.

Phelan held a similar role at Central Coast Mariners in Australia before returning to Old Trafford at the end of 2018.

Should Phelan take the job then Michael Carrick is expected to step up to be Solskjaer’s assistant.

Carrick has been part of the coaching team having been given the chance under previous manager Jose Mourinho.

And the former midfielder recently admitted he does want to go on to be a manager one day.

Asked whether he wants to be a manager in his own right in the long term, he said: “Yeah, at this stage, I would say, yeah, but I’m not blasé to think I’m going to be a manager, you know.

“I’m starting out now, bottom rung of the ladder really, albeit the manager Jose’s given me an unbelievable opportunity to be at United now, but I think it’s a step by step, I’m not getting carried away.

“But of course, it’s like when you set out to be a footballer, you know.

“You set out to be a footballer, when you’re young, and you think I’d love to do that.

“There’s plenty of things along the way that could change that, and it’s the same thing now with being a manager, it’s time will tell how it goes.”

Any changes to the United hierarchy aren’t expected until the summer.

Before then, the Red Devils are chasing down a Champions League spot and host Manchester City on Wednesday.

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