Mike Phelan have been confirmed to be Manchester United’s assistant head coach permanently having signed a three year deal with the club, according to the official statement released on the club’s website.
Phelan, who was once a Red Devil, made a return to the Old Trafford back in December 2018 as an assistant to newly appointed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer right after the departure of Jose Mourinho.
He formerly work in the same role for the Red Devils’ first team under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson from 2001 to 2013, the era when the club won seven Premier League titles.
Speaking after been his appointment, 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.
“Since returning in December, I have enjoyed working with Ole, Michael (Carrick), Kieran, Mark and Emilio and we are all focused on preparing for the new season.”
Manchester United will be welcoming relegated club Cardiff City in their last match of the 2018/19 campaign on Sunday, which will be leading to Solskjaer’s plans of summer overhaul.
“Mike is a great person to have around and has been invaluable to me since we returned in December,” Solskjaer said.
“He brings a wealth of experience to this role with a long established connection to the club.”
Phelan in his footballing career played two position a right back and right flank of the midfielder. He arrived at Old Trafford as a player from Norwich City back in 1989 staying with the Red Devils for five seasons before ending his career at West Bromwich Albion.
The former Norwich manager could be a huge success for the club as an assistant to Solskjaer in the coming season due to his deep knowledge of the club and will be looking to close the big gap between their English rivals Liverpool and Manchester City, who are both fighting for the Premier League title.
United are currently sitting in the sixth position on the Premier League table, with 29 points away from Leaders City and 28 points from second placed Liverpool.