When Mike Phelan Popped A Balloon And Sir Alex Ferguson Almost Sacked Him
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It was confirmed on Tuesday that Mike Phelan would be the assistant to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is his upcoming caretaker role at Manchester United, and it got us thinking about 'that' famous Balloon-popping incident.
Phelan, who was the assistant to Ferguson for a large chunk of his time at Old Trafford, was highly successful at United.
In a spur of the moment move, Phelan grabbed the stray balloon and popped it, much to the annoyance of Fergie, who decided to tell the 56-year-old to "F*ck off!"
Phelan and Muelensteen broke into fits of laughter as Sir Alex chewed his gum with a little more grit than usual.
It will go down in history as one of the funniest moment in Premier League history. I could watch this clip all day...check out Phelan's laugh afterwards.
:balloon: BREAKING NEWS :balloon:- Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) December 18, 2018
Mike Phelan expected to take over as Man Utd assistant manager until end of season. All balloons currently being removed from Old Trafford dugout. pic.twitter.com/INtvRlhl0s
Phelan will return to the club for his second spell at Old Trafford, with the club releasing the following statement on their official website, confirming his return.:
"Manchester United announced today that former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the 2018/19 season.
"Solskjær scored 126 goals in 366 appearances for United between 1996 and 2007. In 2008 he became the club's reserve-team manager, before taking the managerial role at FC Molde in Norway.Solskjær will take charge of the first team with immediate effect and will remain in place while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new full-time manager.
"He will be joined by Mike Phelan as first-team coach, working alongside Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna.
"Manchester United is in my heart and it's brilliant to be coming back in this role. I'm really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club,"
Ed Woodward, Executive Vice Chairman, comments:
"Ole is a club legend with huge experience, both on the pitch and in coaching roles. His history at Manchester United means he lives and breathes the culture here and everyone at the club is delighted to have him and Mike Phelan back. We are confident they will unite the players and the fans as we head into the second half of the season."
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