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Meet the real (former) United manager

FC-Barcelona-v-Real-Madrid-CF--Copa-Del-Rey--Semi-Final-Second-Leg-1732554Former 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.

The former United player has been unemployed since leaving Old Trafford in the summer, and explained how big a role the coaching staff played throughout the Fergie’s era, something Phelan believes Sir Alex Ferguson will have no problem admitting.

“With the way things have gone, my first thoughts are to be a boss.

“That’s what I’ve been doing for the last five years, albeit with the title of assistant boss.

“He [Ferguson] was the head of the establishment, there’s no doubt about it and rightly so. He didn’t get to where he’s got through not being a big decision maker, but he’ll be the first to admit that a lot of people played their part in that.

“We all were undercover in that respect. We weren’t the face of what was going on, but that was our job.

“You were decision making so I’m more than capable of handling that.”