Mike Phelan has lifted the lid on the work he does to & # 39; reinforce and restore the values & # 39; in Manchester United.
Phelan returned to Old Trafford last December following the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjær on a caretaker basis and officially got the role of assistant manager at the end of last season.
The 56-year-old's understanding of United was mentioned by many figures in the club as a key feature of their revival under Solskjaer, and there was a positive reception when he was officially named assistant earlier this year.
Now Phelan has talked about the work going on behind the scenes at United and the efforts he goes to to ensure the club's reputation is kept in step.
"We have visited many people and places," Phelan told fcbusiness. “We spent time at NASA, we were fortunate enough to visit Nelson Mandela on several occasions, I spent time at The Whitehouse and at military academies like WestPoint in New York, we were very privileged to be firm on Nike and integrated into their performance laboratory.
"We looked at other sports like the NFL and spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles, we looked at British Cycling over here, and on pre-season trips, we even spent time in Chinese old Buddhist monk communities.
"There were and always should be a whole lot of challenging and educational experiences throughout your life if you expect to reach the top and more importantly be the top. These experiences contribute to you as a person, as a team and as a culture.
"Staying healthy helps to strengthen and ignite values in terms of things like discipline, standards, acceptable and unacceptable behavior and ultimately a lifestyle. I think it's also important to never stop learning and being generally fascinated, watching right TV, reading the right media, reading the right books.
“During my time out of the game, I also found it important to take the time to get in touch and go and meet others, I sat and had coffee with Kate Richardson Walsh, I chewed the fat with Eddie Jones, and I have looked out of the box and engaged with Gulf Oil and Tag Heuer executives. Life and work are constantly evolving and I am always curious to both listen to and talk to people. "