Mike Phelan is the present Assistant Manager at Manchester United. Before coaching at Old Trafford, Phelan made 146 appearances as a player.
Born and brought-up in the north-west, Phelan began his playing days at Burnley. From Burnley he moved to Norwich City and from Norwich City he was transferred to Manchester United. He played at Old Trafford for just over four seasons (as a full-back and in midfield), before ending his playing days at West Bromwich Albion.
After retiring as a player in 1995, Phelan moved straight into coaching. He returned to Norwich City to be Assistant Manager to Gary Megson, with particular resonsibility for the reserves. From Norwich he moved, with Megson, to Blackpool and then to Stockport County. In 1999, just after the treble-winning season, Phelan was appointed Reserve Team Manager at Manchester United. After just two seasons, he was promoted to First Team Coach, following the departure to Middlesbrough of Steve McClaren. He served as Coach for seven seasons until Carlos Queiroz left to manage Portugal. In September 2008 he was appointed Assistant Manager in succession to Queiroz.
Phelan now works as assistant to the same manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, who first brought him to Old Trafford back in 1989.