Michael Carrick to sign new Man Utd deal but Mike Phelan may reject No2 job in blow to SolskjaerApril 21, 2019
MICHAEL CARRICK is on the verge of signing a new deal at Manchester United, but Mike Phelan’s future is still unclear.
Carrick retired from playing last year and took up a coaching gig under former boss Jose Mourinho and has taken on a more prominent role as part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's backroom staff.
The 37-year-old, alongside Kieran Mckenna, will sign new a new deal in the next few days.
However, according to the Sunday Mirror, Phelan, who worked with Sir Alex Ferguson for 15 years, is yet to pen a long-term deal at Old Trafford as part of Solskjaer’s coaching set-up.
Phelan, 56, was drafted in by the Norwegian when he took over in December but is still the current director of football at Australian A-League side Central Coast Mariners.
United are after a director of football, and Phelan reportedly fancies taking on that role if he moves back to United full-time next season.
Red Bull Leipzig transfer guru Paul Mitchell and former Lokomotiv Moscow chief Erik Stoffelshaus have been linked with the vacancy executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is desperate to fill this summer.
They want an experienced operator to help build a player-recruitment strategy and link up the first team and academy.
Speaking earlier this month, Solskjaer was confident Phelan would soon put pen to paper.
He said: "I think Ed (Woodward) and Mike will get things sorted very soon, he's a key part of the club."
United go to Goodison Park to face Everton as they fight with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham for the final two Champions League spots.
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