Phelan: Manchester United’s improvement all down to putting ‘smiles on faces’

Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan says the management team tries to get the players to enjoy playing for the club. 

Choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life is the philosophy of the current managerial team at Old Trafford, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s number two in the dugout.

Manchester United have seen a complete turnaround in both performance and results since the Norwegian took over from José Mourinho in December, and Mike Phelan suggests there is a quite simple reason for it.

“You try to bring a smile to people’s faces, and try to tell people of the adventure you’ve been on, the success you’ve had and what it takes,” Phelan told United Review.

“It doesn’t happen overnight, it’s something you have to work at, but you need people to make it happen, people who enjoy this environment and enjoy coming into work.

“I think that’s massively important. If that’s happening with the staff, it transmits to the players.

“Then they get on to that football field and really look forward to playing and showing their abilities to the huge amount of supporters we have around the world.”

United are currently the form side in Europe, having taken 22 points from a possible 24 since Solskjaer’s appointment.

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