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Man Utd No2 Phelan settling into new role

Manchester United assistant boss Mike Phelan says he's feeling more comfortable in his new role.

In his blog for manutd.com, the former Norwich City captain said: "I only fully realised what the job involved when I was promoted in September. As first-team coach I was able to sit on the outside and take a view inwards, but in this role my decision-making is far more frequent and issues crop up that it's my responsibility to deal with. Managing my time effectively is crucial.

"It helps me when working with the squad that I was a United player too. The likes of Giggs, Neville and Scholes were breaking though when I was in my last year as a player here, which feels strange sometimes, but they are a bit older and wiser now and I certainly am!

"There are also far more cultures at Carrington now than when I was a player, and adapting to that is all part of my work.

"I've been at the club quite a while now, so I know many faces and understand the way certain things work. But I still have to bring fresh ideas to the table and challenge the players all the time."

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