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Manchester United coach Mike Phelan coaches Burnley College kids

Just hours before he was announced as caretaker first team-coach of Manchester United, Mike Phelan was putting young footballers at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre through their paces.

The Nelson-born professional stepped up to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in leading United until the end of the season after manager Jose Mourinho was sacked.

Mike had been invited to spend the day at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre, coaching Academy of Sport footballers and elite athletes, as well as taking part in a question-and-answer session.

Ashley Alderson, college sport leader, said: “It was great to welcome Mike Phelan to college: it was a truly unforgettable experience for our committed Academy of Sport footballers and the staff who work with them on a daily basis. How many footballers can say they have been through a training session with Manchester United’s first-team coach?

“Mike’s expertise and talent shone through in the session and he certainly got the very best out of our footballers. They’ve learnt lessons today which will last a lifetime and our coaches also picked up some valuable tips that they can use going forward, too.”

During his day-long visit, Mike toured the college’s sports facilities, including its hi-tech performance lab where athletes can monitor their fitness levels through a barrage of gruelling tests, to its all-weather pitches and gym packed with the very latest fitness equipment.

Mike said: “It’s been a real privilege.

“Putting the young footballers through their paces, I saw some real talent and I’m sure that I’ve worked with some young footballers today who will go on to make a successful career in the sports industry, whether that’s on the pitch or in a vital support role at a professional club.”

Original story: Lancashire Telegraph