Phelan is now an important sounding board for the Norwegian and one of the chief architects of their much-vaunted cultural reset.
“I think Ole has got the right approach to the way he wants to do things. I’m there now as more of an assistant who mentors certain things.
“I feel this time around it’s more of probably being there before, calm things down when you need to, don’t get too carried away when you’re winning, don’t get too despondent when you lose and just keep a level head around the place.
“There are some terrific people at Manchester United. They’ve been there a long time. They’ve been through what I’ve been through and also they’ve seen some of the not so nice times. It’s part of the game.
“We just smile. We’re refreshed every day. You are working at one of the best, if not the best football club in the world.”