Manchester United news: Michael Carrick on verge of signing new deal at Old Trafford… but Mike Phelan’s future remains in doubt
Michael Carrick is on the verge of signing a new contract at Manchester United, but Mike Phelan’s future at Old Trafford remains in doubt.
The Mirror claim former United midfielder Carrick and fellow coach Kieran McKenna, both of whom were on the coaching staff under Jose Mourinho before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced him in December, will sign new deals in the next few days.
However, Phelan, who had a spell as a player at Old Trafford in the early 1990s and was also a key ally of Manchester United great Sir Alex Fergsuon, has still not signed a contract to stay.
The 56-year-old is currently contracted to Australian A-League side Central Coast Mariners, where he is the sporting director.
And Phelan is believed to have told pals that he is interested in acquiring the same position at United.
The Red Devils have been looking at appointing a director of football since last year.
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The board want an experienced operator who can help build a clear player/recruitment strategy which would link up the first team and academy.
The former Hull boss believes he has the know-how and ability to take up such a role and is therefore considering putting his hat into the ring for the position.
Speaking earlier this month, Solskjaer was confident Phelan would soon put pen to paper.
He said: “I think Ed [Woodward, executive vice-chairman] and Mike will get things sorted very soon. He’s a key part of the club.”
Source: SportsLatest TS