Man Utd assistant Mike Phelan sends cheeky tweet after Ronaldo confirmation

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Manchester United's assistant manager Mike Phelan has tweeted a cheeky gif in response to Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford.

Phelan is currently Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's number two after spending five years as Sir Alex Ferguson's right-hand man.

The 36-year-old shockingly returned to United, after 12 years away, on Friday afternoon.

Ronaldo left Juventus on Friday morning, and he spent time at Juventus' training ground before boarding a plane back to his homeland where he was announced as a United player.

And Phelan tweeted a gif of Ronaldo pointing at the camera before pumping his fist in celebration after the announcement.

Phelan worked with Ronaldo in his first United spell as a conditioning coach and then as an assistant manager.

"Ronaldo stood out. He was like a sponge. He wanted more [advice from the team's coaches]. He challenged you for more," Phelan told The Coaching Manuel in 2020.

"We had to try and get Cristiano to be a team player, and he got it. In the end, he got it.

"There were certain things we did in training that made him do things he didn't want to do.

"I don't claim to have created Cristiano Ronaldo. A lot of people have influenced him. But the biggest influence has been himself, his drive has been fantastic."

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Phelan, like Ronaldo, is currently at his second spell at United.

He left as assistant manager at the same time Sir Alex retired from the game, and after stints as an assistant and a manager at Hull, he spent time in Australia.

Phelan returned as United's assistant under Solskjaer in 2018.

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