Mike Phelan

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Moyes still won’t admit any United mistakes

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David Moyes' time as Manchester United manager was an unmitigated disaster, with the current Sunderland manager taking the champions of England to seventh in the title. We finished below Everton, his former club, despite signing their top scorer from the season before, yet Moyes has never admitted any of his failings.

Former Man Utd no.2 Mike Phelan is new Hull City manager

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GNev becomes 29th former Fergie player to become a manager

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Gary Neville has become 29th former Manchester United player to play for Sir Alex Ferguson to become a manager.

Viv Anderson, Michael Appleton, Henning Berg, Clayton Blackmore, Laurent Blanc, Steve Bruce, Chris Casper, Peter Davenport, Simon Davies, Darren Ferguson, Ryan Giggs, David Healy, Gabriel Heinze, Mark Hughes, Paul Ince, Andrei Kanchelskis, Roy Keane, Henrik Larsson, Gary Neville, Paul Parker, Mike Phelan, Bryan Robson, Mark Robins, Teddy Sheringham, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Frank Stapleton, Gordon Strachan, Chris Turner, Neil Webb.

Wayne Rooney is the perfect captain for Man Utd, says former assistant boss Mike Phelan

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Wayne Rooney is the perfect captain for Manchester United after maturing over the years into a leader that players respected, says the club's...

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Sir Alex wouldn’t have done that…Mike Phelan mocks Louis van Gaal’s spending at Man Utd

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Sir Alex Ferguson would not have spent such a huge sum of money in one big go like Louis van Gaal did, says Manchester United's former...

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Phelan: LVG to blame for injuries

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Mike Phelan has criticised Manchester United's training regime and hinted that Louis Van Gaal could be partly responsible for the number of injuries that have hit his squad in the first four months of the season.

Chris Smalling became the 43rd player to fall victim to an injury when he had to be replaced after 15 minutes against Southampton on Monday night, the third time he's been sidelined this season.

Louis van Gaal is to blame for Man Utd’s injury nightmare, says ex-assistant Mike Phelan

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Louis van Gaal is to blame for Manchester United's injury nightmare, according to former assistant boss Mike Phelan. The Red Devils have...

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Is United’s focus on youth a “myth”?

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The sale of Danny Welbeck has prompted a lot of discussion over the past few weeks in regards to Manchester United and their tradition of bringing through young players.

Mike Phelan claimed "they have probably lost the way of Manchester United a little bit", as if Welbeck was the first former academy player to be sold, and that "the thread has been broken".

Man Utd identity ‘broken’ by selling Danny Welbeck to Arsenal, says Mike Phelan

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Former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan says the club has "broken" its identity by selling academy graduate Danny Welbeck...

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Moyes ignored advices

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Former United coach Rene Meulensteen has revealed that David Moyes repeatedly "ignored advices" of the coaching staff and made a series of fundamental mistakes that ultimately led to his demise and to him losing his job barely 10 months into his Old Trafford career.

Along with Mike Phelan, Meulensteen was one of the members of Sir Alex Ferguson's coaching staff that in July were deemed surplus to requirements by Moyes, who opted to bring in his Everton lieutenants Jimmy Lumsden, Steve Round, Chris Woods and Phil Neville and the Dutchman claimed that Moyes only has himself to blame for his failure.

Are you taking the Mickey, Phelan?

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After a lifetime in football, Mike Phelan may well have spent more time in the spotlight in the last few weeks than at any other stage of his career.

Phelan has been without work since David Moyes decided not to retain his services after taking over at Old Trafford this summer, yet the name of the former United Assistant Manager has been at the forefront of fan discussion after Phelan claimed he had controlled the United team in all but name during Sir Alex Ferguson's last five years in charge.

Mike Phelan: ‘I was effectively Man Utd manager’

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Mike Phelan claims he was acting as Manchester United manager in all but name for the last five years. Sir Alex Ferguson's former assistant says his old boss was basically a figurehead for the club and allowed others including Phelan to go about their jobs relatively unnoticed. Phelan told the Daily Mail: "He [.

Meet the real (former) United manager

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Former Manchester United number two Mike Phelan has claimed he was in charge of Manchester United over the last five years, given the amount of work Sir Alex Ferguson chose to delegate to his assistant.

Phelan, who departed the club in the wake of David Moyes' arrival at Old Trafford, said that while Sir Alex Ferguson remained the public face of the club, much of the work behind the scenes and on the training ground was delegate to his coaching staff, including Phelan.

Mike Phelan: ‘Man Utd would have signed one of the world’s best with Fergie in charge’

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Former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan claims Sir Alex Ferguson had plans in place to sign one of the best players in the world over the summer. In what can only be viewed as criticism of United's new regime of manager David Moyes and chief executive Ed Woodward, Phelan said Ferguson had a marquee [.

Former Man Utd assistant Mike Phelan says the club were right to sell Ravel Morrison to West Ham

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Mike Phelan, assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson during their time at Manchester United, says the club were right to let Ravel Morrison leave. The young midfielder was sold to West Ham for an initial fee of £650,000 in January 2012. With the 20-year-old now starting to proving himself, some critics have questioned whether Morrison [.

“Wayne Rooney to stay at United”, says Mike Phelan

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"Wayne Rooney to stay at United", says Mike Phelan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Wayne Rooney has been the centre of attention during this summer's transfer window. He has been subject to two bids from Chelsea but according to former coach Mike Phelan, the England forward is 'staying for now'.

Rooney Looking for a Fresh Start

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Manchester United's former assistant head coach, Mike Phelan has justified Wayne Rooney's desires to leave the club – saying that he might just want a fresh challenge.

Reports indicate that David Moyes is meeting with Rooney and his agent this week in an attempt to convince the star striker to stay at the club.

Meulensteen hasn’t left United… yet

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Following the departure of Mike Phelan and Eric Steele, rumours were rife that Rene Meulensteen had also left the club after rejecting the new position offered by David Moyes. Reports suggested that Meulensteen wasn't prepared to accept the demotion, with Moyes wanting to bring in his own first team coach, and had left the club.

Mike Phelan Was A Credit To The Club

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Following Manchester United's exit from Europe thanks to a ridiculous red card decision, it was Mike Phelan who addressed the press, not Sir Alex Ferguson.

Our #2 claimed that the manager who too "distraught" to answer questions on the game at that time. There had been rumours that Sir Alex Ferguson may have been considering retiring at the end of this season and might have seen that unjust exit as his final attempt to win the third European Cup he deserves.

Was Wayne Rooney Not Fit Or Dropped Last Night?

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The big surprise in the United line-up last night against Real Madrid was that United'stalisman Wayne Rooney was not in the starting XI. When was the last time Rooney was dropped for a big game?

Asked about it before the match SAF seemed to imply that Rooney was not fit saying:

"Wayne Rooney needs a game or two.

If it continued… (Barcelona v Real Madrid, Copa del Rey semifinal second leg)

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Real Madrid scored a late goal to get a 1-1 draw at home in the first leg of their Copa Del Rey semifinal against Barcelona. But the second leg at the Camp Nou was a story entirely different from the rest of this season as Real Madrid cruised to a 3-1 win to advance to the final. It was a bit of a shock and that begs the question, "What if it continued?

Darren Fletcher On The Bench

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Darren Fletcher has been named on the bench for Manchester United in tonight's pre-season friendly against Aberdeen.

"Darren joined in for four or five days last week," Mike Phelan said last week. "We decided that, if he felt well enough and felt good, we'd bring him into a training session.

Fergie: We Beat Chelsea, City, Arsenal And Everton To Powell

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Sir Alex Ferguson has reflected on how Manchester United went about getting Nick Powell to join us this summer.

"We sent people to see him a few times after he started scoring a few goals," he told the official site. "He actually first came on our radar a few years ago when he played against our youth team.

Fergie: We Beat Chelsea, City, Arsenal And Everton To Powell

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Sir Alex Ferguson has reflected on how Manchester United went about getting Nick Powell to join us this summer.

"We sent people to see him a few times after he started scoring a few goals," he told the official site. "He actually first came on our radar a few years ago when he played against our youth team.

Let’s talk about Shinji Kagawa

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It was nothing more than a simple finish, the product of an unglamorous move littered with opposition mistakes but important all the same, as all goals in cup finals are. This was Shinji Kagawa's goal in his last game, the opener for Borussia Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal final against Bayern Munich.

QPR REPORT SUNDAY

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- - Three Year Flashback: QPR Appoint Jim Magilton Manager - Fourteen Year Flashback: Vinnie Jones on Becoming QPR Manager Goal.com Sir Alex Ferguson could face FA investigation over QPR 'quit' blast The Manchester United boss has suggested that Rangers gave up on the final day of the season, allowing Sergio Aguero to win the title for Manchester City in added time 2 Jun 2012 12:45:00 By Greg Stobart | Northern Correspondent Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson could face a Football Association investigation after accusing Queens Park Rangers of quitting and allowing rivals Manchester City to clinch the Premier League title with almost the final kick of the campaign.

United Tiki-Taka-ed

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In his pre-match press conference, Sir Alex Ferguson called for his players to wake up in Europe at Old Trafford. His comments weren't heeded as we slumped to yet another defeat at home in Europe....

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Sir Alex Ferguson Has Subtitutes Board Dropped On His Foot (Video)

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In which, while attempting to bypass Sir Alex Ferguson and hand the electric subs board over to Mike Phelan last night, Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen drops the bloody thing on his superior's foot leaving Sir with a fair bit of wincing and swearing under his breath to get through.

Alex Ferguson gets subsitute board dropped on him

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Foreshadowing the fact that added time would not save its reputed puppet master, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson fell victim to the substitute board as his assistants tried to pass it to each other during Athletic Bilbao's 3-2 Europa League round of 16 first-leg win at Old Trafford.

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Bournemouth inflict 6-1 misery on Phelan’s Hull

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Bournemouth (United Kingdom) (AFP) A double by Junior Stanislas inspired Bournemouth to a 6-1 Premier League thrashing of Hull on Saturday and make it a miserable start for Mike Phelan in his first match as permanent manager.

Stanislas' brace plus goals by Charlie Daniels, Callum Wilson, Steve Cook and Dan Gosling Ryan Mason getting his first for Hull extended the Cherries unbeaten run to six matches.

Bournemouth inflict 6-1 misery on Phelan’s Hull

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Bournemouth (United Kingdom) (AFP) A double by Junior Stanislas inspired Bournemouth to a 6-1 Premier League thrashing of Hull on Saturday and make it a miserable start for Mike Phelan in his first match as permanent manager.

Stanislas' brace plus goals by Charlie Daniels, Callum Wilson, Steve Cook and Dan Gosling Ryan Mason getting his first for Hull extended the Cherries unbeaten run to six matches.

Hull City and the Anatomy of a Crisis Club. How did it get to this?

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So what on Earth is going on at Hull City, then? Adam Boufkir takes a look at the crisis club who stunned the champions on matchday one... Generally it is no surprise to see the three promoted...

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Hull boss Steve Bruce plays down sack talk

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Hull boss Steve Bruce has dismissed speculation that his job may be under threat and vowed to fight on in a bid to rescue the Tigers from the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

Last week's abject 3-0 home defeat to Newcastle was the club's third in succession and left them rooted in the bottom three ahead of Saturday's daunting trip to Manchester City.

Hull boss Steve Bruce plays down sack talk

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Hull boss Steve Bruce has dismissed speculation that his job may be under threat and vowed to fight on in a bid to rescue the Tigers from the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

Last week's abject 3-0 home defeat to Newcastle was the club's third in succession and left them rooted in the bottom three ahead of Saturday's daunting trip to Manchester City.

Wenger bemoans ‘lack of maturity’ but what is the solution?

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Wenger bemoans 'lack of maturity' but what is the solution? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It was not the best of preparation Arsenal would have hoped for before facing Bayern Munich on Tuesday night in the first leg of Champions League knock out tie at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners were dumped out of the FA Cup by the English Championship side Blackburn Rovers and therefore Europe presents their last chance of ending an eight-year trophy drought.

Man United Lewandowski Transfer

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The Premier League season has barely finished with Man City pipping United to the title, but it looks as if Man United are already preparing for the next season with Ferguson and Mike Phelan spotted during a Borussia Dortmund cup final against Bayern Munich.

Under the transfer radar for United was rumoured to be 23 year old Polish striker Robert Lewandowski.

The Rest

TOP FIVE: Moments of the Season So Far

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Well, well, well, finally a TOP FIVE surrounded in optimism and football joy. After having to find excuses to talk about anything other than the actual football on the pitch so far this season, we can finally revel in the relentless winning machine that is Manchester United.

Incidentally, this was written before the Hull game, but surely, SURELY, Mike Phelan won't stand in the way of his beloved Red Devils' march to Wembley.

Mike Phelan: The autobiography

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The Fresh Prince of Burnley

Now this is a story all about how my life got flippin' turned upside down. And I'd like to take a minute just sit right there, I'll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Burnley.

In the Borough of Pendle I was born and raised, on the playground was where I spent most of my days.

Former United coach lifts lid on transfer saga

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Newspapers' back pages rarely happen to agree with one another. Today, however, their verdict is unanimous in claiming that Wayne Rooney's days at Old Trafford are numbered, after former United's assistant coach, Mike Phelan, revealed some details on the striker's future in an interview with BBC Five Live.

Kagawa: It Was Good To Talk To Fergie

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Sir Alex Ferguson watched Dortmund's 5-2 German Cup final victory over Bayern Munich in Berlin on Saturday with Mike Phelan to scout Shinji Kagawa.

Kagawa, who has a year remaining on his current deal, was in Manchester this week to negotiate a deal with United.

"It was good that I was able to meet him in person and talk," said Kagawa.