Phelan made permanent assistant by Manchester United

Phelan was previously Man Utd assistant from 2008 to 2013

Phelan was previously Man Utd assistant from 2008 to 2013

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MANCHESTER UNITED have made Mike Phelan permanent assistant manager on a three-year contract.

The former United midfielder and assistant was brought in on an interim basis from Central Coast Mariners last December.

He 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.”

Phelan was Sir Alex Ferguson's first-team coach from 2001 and then assistant manager from 2008 to 2013.

The other members of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s backroom staff are first-team coaches Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna, assistant Mark Demsey and goalkeeper coach Emilio Alvarez.

“Since returning in December, I have enjoyed working with Ole, Michael, Kieran, Mark and Emilio and we are all focused on preparing for the new season,” Phelan added.

Solskjaer said: “Mike is a great person to have around and has been invaluable to me since we returned in December. He brings a wealth of experience to this role with a long established connection to the club.

“We have a good group of coaching staff and we are already working on the challenges that lie ahead as we plan for the new season and the future beyond.”

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