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Mike Phelan’s influence at Man Utd shouldn’t go under radar

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has everyone smiling at Old Trafford again but his decision to bring Mike Phelan back to the club has been a masterstroke.

Phelan immediately returned to United when Solskjaer was appointed caretaker manager and his presence has been felt around the club.

The Norwegian coach deserves his plaudits for turning things around so quickly after José Mourinho was dismissed on December 18, but Phelan’s influence shouldn’t go under the radar.

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Sir Alex Ferguson’s former right-hand man should never have been pushed out of the club by David Moyes. He understands what it takes to make it as a United player, to work with a manager who only accepts the highest standards and how to implement the true values of the club.

He became part of the furniture. Even Albert The Kitman had to wash his shorts for match day, though we’ve yet to see them since his return to the Theatre of Dreams dugout.

“We tried to bring a little bit of Manchester United to Manchester United again,” Phelan told Stadium Astro after beating Newcastle 2-0, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.

“That’s the info we’re giving them, what it means to play for United. It’s not acceptable just to be bang average, you’ve got to be more than that.”

Some fans have started crediting Phelan for recent results and performances via Twitter, as seen below:

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