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Man Utd No2 Phelan: We are happy with Norwood, James progress

Manchester United No2 Mike Phelan is happy seeing two lads from his hometown coming through at the club.

Phelan is currently overseeing the development of Burnley-born Oliver Norwood, a 19-year-old Northern Ireland international who was loaned to Carlisle earlier in the season.

Fellow midfielder Matthew James, from Bacup and the captain of England's under 19s, is also back at United after his loan with Preston was cut short by Sir Alex Ferguson following the sacking of his son Darren as manager at Deepdale.

"I used to play with Oliver's dad years ago when he was at Padiham," Phelan told the Lancashire Telegraph.

"Even at Burnley we trained together when we were kids.

"Oliver is progressing and Matty is the same. It's good that they're from my neck of the woods and speak the same lingo!

"We're pleased with the pair of them."

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