Breaking News: Man United has handed Solskjaer's auxiliary a new contract deal |

Breaking News: Man United has handed Solskjaer’s auxiliary a new contract deal

Breaking News: Man United has handed Solskjaer's auxiliary a new contract deal

Breaking News: Man United has handed Solskjaer’s auxiliary a new contract deal

Breaking News: Man United has handed Solskjaer's auxiliary a new contract deal

Manchester United has handed assistant manager Mike Phelan a new contract – in a move which further underlines their support for boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian’s No 2 has had his current deal – which was due to expire next year – extended to 2024.

That duration matches the length of the new contract Solskjaer signed in July and will be viewed as more backing for the manager

Who has overseen a stuttering start to United’s campaign despite a big summer outlay?

However, Saturday’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Everton meant the Premier League giants

Failed to win four of their last seven games in all competitions.

Despite sitting joint-third in the table with rivals City

Embarrassing losses at home to Aston Villa in the league and West Ham in the EFL Cup

At Swiss minnows, Young Boys in the Champions League have ramped up the heat on Solskjaer ahead of the international break.

After the stalemate with the Toffees, Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the summer acquisitions

Stormed down the tunnel in a move that drew criticism from ex-United defender Gary Neville.

Neville of the Portuguese, who started the game from the bench said

‘Actions like that – and Cristiano is smart enough to know this – will bring real pressure on the manager’

‘More pressure than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is already under,’

Phelan, 59, is a much-liked figure within the club, for whom he played.

Breaking News: Man United has handed Solskjaer's auxiliary a new contract deal

He was a long-serving assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson but departed following the appointment of David Moyes in 2013.

He returned to assist Solskjaer, initially temporarily, in late 2018 following the exit of Jose Mourinho.

Solskjaer has been heavily backed since taking the role permanently in March 2019.

This summer, Raphael Varane (£41m), Jadon Sancho (£73m) arrived before Ronaldo

With a widely-held view that the Norwegian needs to deliver some form of return on the substantial investment

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