Ralf Rangnick is calling on Mike Phelan to help bring the Manchester United dressing room together again, according to the Times.

They report that morale in the changing room dropped again after Monday’s 1-0 defeat against Wolves, with one senior player apparently viewing the performance as United’s worst of the season.

When things are going badly at United, it can be open season in terms of reporting how bad things are at the club.

Things can get exaggerated, which is important to bear in mind, but it is clear that this not a happy or confident United side right now.

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Phelan’s role was recently questioned

There was plenty of talk about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s coaching staff before and after his sacking.

Many felt that his backroom team should have departed with him, but initially, it was only the Norwegian who left.

Now, Michael Carrick has quit the club, while Kieran McKenna has taken the manager’s job at Ipswich, taking coach Martyn Pert with him.

Phelan remains, but Rangnick recently revealed that he does not have any part in day-to-day training at Carrington.

The German said: “Mike Phelan is not watching the training sessions – he also didn’t do that when Ole was in charge but he’s also part of the training group of the staff but he is never on the pitch when we train.

“He’s not out there and he didn’t do that when Ole was in charge. Chris (Armas) will not replace Mike but much rather Michael Carrick.”

That caused some to question what his role actually is at Old Trafford, if he is part of the coaching team but does not get involved in training.

Of course, without getting involved in training, there is plenty that Phelan could be doing, such as preparing scouting information on upcoming opponents and potential targets.

His experience of the club and his expertise are also of value to Rangnick, who has come in mid-season and lost three coaches who knew United inside out already.

But if Phelan can bring together a dressing room which is low on confidence and togetherness, he could help to transform United’s season in the process.

That would make his influence clear, although of course it is easier said than done. Phelan and Solskjaer together were unable to stamp out inconsistency in the team and oversaw the run of form which lost the latter his job.

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