Man Utd assistant Mike Phelan posts eight-word tweet – and fans are absolutely loving it | Football | Sport


The Norwegian, the first person in the Manchester United dugout to win the award since Sir Alex Ferguson, posed for his victory picture alongside all the members of his backroom team.

That included assistant Mike Phelan, who posted the image on Twitter last night.

Including a winking emoji in his message, Phelan wrote: “What a fine bunch of handsome young men.”

And it has gone down a storm with fans with more than 21,000 users liking it within eight hours. A further 2,400 more have retweeted the victory message.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the 1999 treble hero, has won nine of his first 10 matches in charge in all competitions, with United securing 10 of the 12 Premier League points available last month.

That fine form saw him named January’s Barclays manager of the month ahead of Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl and Burnley’s Sean Dyche.

It is the first time that a United manager has won the award since Ferguson in October 2012 – his final season and one that ended with the Premier League crown.

Solskjaer is due to return to his job as Molde manager in the summer but he is now the bookmakers’ favourite for a job he is understandably keen to stay in.

Nine wins from his first 10 matches in all competitions have helped win over many doubters, providing the Norwegian with a platform on which to build for the future.

“Every day I feel that I do help the club, do put a little bit of my stamp on it, yes,” the caretaker United boss said.

“It’s the players. Do they want to stay? Do they want to move on? Do they want something else? But we have a vision and a picture of how we want to look in a few years – and, of course, we have to think long term but also short term.

“So, I’ve got a picture of how I think this Man United team will look in a couple of years.

“I don’t know if it’s with me, but I always put my views across to Ed and the ones in the club.”

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