Manchester United need stability. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs time to mould and develop this squad into one that fits his style of play.
When the Baby Faced Assassin signed his permanent contract a couple of months ago, I was surprised to learn that Mike Phelan didn’t agree to stay alongside him.
However, today, the club have confirmed that Phelan will remain at Old Trafford as Solskjaer’s assistant manager on a three-year deal.
To get this business done before the season ends means that they’ll be no confusion about the coaching setup going into the summer and beyond, and for me, Phelan is the key cog.
He was always extremely underrated when he was Sir Alex Ferguson’s number two and to have him back at the club when we need him the most is hugely important.
His ability within that dressing room can help get this club back on the right track and I’m glad he’s staying on as assistant manager rather than the rumoured technical director role that was once under consideration.
I just hope that he, like his manager, gets at least a couple of seasons to implement their tactics and ideologies. That has been United’s biggest problem over the last few years. They’ve been all-too-willing to sack managers as soon as there’s any sign of trouble…