Solskjaer and Phelan have inspired a turnaround at United (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate for Mike Phelan to stay on at Manchester United as his No.2.
After Solskjaer committed his future to the club last month, United are still waiting for an answer from his assistant coach.
Phelan reportedly voiced concerns about how United is run behind the scenes and is weighing up his options.
Phelan overseas training for United (Picture: Getty)While United fans wait nervously to see if Phelan remains, Solskjaer revealed just how influential his assistant manager is at the club.
‘I want to work with Mick Phelan and I want him to do the job he’s doing,’ Solskjaer said.
‘Sometimes in this country, we’re more concerned about what the job title is rather than what people do.
‘What Mick does is more than just being an assistant manager, even if he is the assistant manager. He’s a fantastic guy to have around.’
Since signing on to be United’s permanent manager, Solskjaer has suffered his worse run as club boss.
Four defeats in five games leave United battling to qualify for next season’s Champions League and on the verge of an exit from this year’s competition.
Solskjaer wants Phelan to stay (Picture: Getty)Barcelona’s 1-0 win at Old Trafford on Wednesday gives the Spanish side the edge in the second leg of their quarter-final tie.
Solskjaer has called for calm after a string of disappointing results and insisted he understands he will need to make some big decisions about players in the summer.