Saturday, January 16, 2021

PR nightmare for Manchester United as transfer plans given away?

The so-called official Twitter account of returning coach Mike Phelan seems to have made a transfer goof up

The username @Mike_Phelan_1 seems to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s new No 2’s actual account, with the bio reading: “official twitter Mike Phelan. Burnley, Norwich, Man Utd & England. #MUFC Coach & Assistant Manager. @SoccerLtd Chairman, Sporting Director Central Coast Mariners.”

 




But what has caught he attention of the internet world is that Phelan ‘liked’ an interesting post from an ex-Manchester United player on the social networking site, which hinted at big changes being around the corner. Jose Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday, and former striker Brian McClair posted a tweet that read: “He’s not the only one who should depart!!!” This received 7,500 times, one from Phelan, though it remains who McClair was referring to.

Just a few hours after that tweet, Solskjaer was named as caretaker boss, while with Phelan was also announced as arriving back to be his right-hand man. Amazingly, Solskjaer is the first manager in Manchester United history to have a presence on social media, while Phelan, in a strange twist, continues to use the site since his arrival. He also liked a tweet from a United fans’ account which was welcoming him back ex-Red Devil Mikael Silvestre.

And things were rosy on field as well, as United thumped Cardiff 5-1 on Saturday to get off to the dream start under Solskjaer and Phelan. The Norwegian may be a caretaker, he is of the belief that he will have a direct say in transfer business come January. Solskjaer said: “I will have an input, of course. The job now is to get to know the players, observe them and see the qualities we’ve got.

“I’ve seen more or less every game from Norway when I’ve had time from the other job. But to get to know the players and think ‘what can I improve them on’ – that’s my job. The club have got their recruitment and scouting, so I’m sure they’ve got their targets. But I’ve not sat down and talked about that, because my job is to get these players enjoying football.”

Authors take

The twitter account in question seems to be the actual one of Phelan, and the account may soon get the verification tick as well. Until then, it will be interesting to see how he goes about using the platform, and it certainly is interesting he liked that post by McClair, but only time will tell what exactly was going through the former Hull City managers’ mind when he did so.

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