Manchester United Appoint Mike Phelan as Assistant Manager
As expected, Manchester United have confirmed that Mike Phelan will remain at the club and be the assistant manager to boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Phelan has been handed a three year deal at the club he has worked at for many years. The 56 year old returned to the club's backroom staff in December, when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was brought in to take temporary charge of the club.
Phelan's career at Manchester United goes back a long way further than that though. He joined as a first team coach back in 2001 and after impressing and working his way up internally, he was named assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson in 2008, a role he kept uptil 2013. Before that, Phelan had a brief spell as a player at the club, and is certainly the right man to work alongside Solskjaer as they try to bring the club back to the glory days they have both seen in the past.
As for the future of the club, Solskjaer has already said that challenging for the Premier League title next season may be a step too far. He has rightfully highlighted just how far behind Manchester City his club are right now, and he will be working on a longer term plan to bring younger players to the club, to aid their title challenge for years to come, rather than an immediate challenge.
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On the final day of the Premier League season, United host Cardiff at Old Trafford. Both teams have nothing to play for this weekend, but it is still a game that United will be expected to win comfortably. They are priced up at 1/4 to beat the Welsh side, while Cardiff can be backed at 9/1 and the draw is available at 11/2. Those who think Solskjaer is wrong about United's title challenge can get early odds of 10/1 for United to win the Premier League in the 2019/20 season.