Man Utd’s new backroom staff revealed after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returns as boss. Manchester United have confirmed a new-look backroom team after naming Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their caretaker boss.
The United fans’ favourite will take charge for the rest of the season after replacing Jose Mourinho at the helm.
Mourinho was given the boot on Tuesday and the club acted quickly to bring in former striker and reserve team boss Solskjaer from Molde.
He will be assisted at Old Trafford by Sir Alex Ferguson’s former right-hand man Mike Phelan, who joins as first-team coach, working alongside current staff Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna.
The rest of Mourinho’s backroom staff followed the Portuguese manager out of the door.
Former United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen believes Phelan’s appointment could prove crucial.
“That’s massive,” he said. “Mike has been with the club a long, long time, as a player and then as assistant manager.
“He will be really important to help Ole to steady the ship and more importantly to get a smile back on the faces of the players and get the best out of them.”
Mauricio Pochettino is the favourite to land the job on a long-term basis but Meulensteen has reservations over whether Solskjaer is the right man beyond the summer.
“It would be a good choice in terms of the fact that they want to bring back some of the spirit that was at United in the time of Sir Alex Ferguson, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was a big part of that,” he said on Sky Sports News.
“In that respect I can understand they were looking for a candidate who can live up to those expectations.
“If they do decide for Ole and Ole decides to accept then again it is a big ask for everybody. But I think in the short term it would be a good choice to make.”