Solskjaer wants Phelan to become United’s technical director

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Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expressed to the club management his preference regarding the most suitable candidate as technical director.

The day before it became known that the Red Devils’ executive director, Ed Woodward, had a meeting with Rio Ferdinand, considering the club’s former defender for the position of sporting or technical director, which the club’s bosses are going to create.

It was reported that Woodward considered Ferdinand to be a serious candidate due to Rio’s connection with the club and his business experience.

However, The Times claims that Solskjaer prefers to see Mike Phelan as person who will determine the club transfer policy and negotiate with potential newcomers.

At the moment, 56-year-old Phelan is Solskjaer’s assistant, and over the months of working together, they have developed very good relations. Now, Ole Gunnar wants Mike to remain his companion, albeit in a different role.

Phelan doesn’t see himself as head coach assistant in the next season, so his appointment as technical director is the only way for United to keep Mike at the club.

(Reporting by Nathan Dent, editing by Valerie Cooper)

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