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Phelan claims he took charge while Fergie took glory

Alex Ferguson’s former right-hand man Mike Phelan has made some interesting comments regarding his five year spell as United’s assistant.

“[Ferguson] was the head of the establishment, there’s no doubt about it and rightly so. He didn’t get to where he’s got through not being a big decision maker but he’ll be the first to admit that a lot of people played their part in that.”

“We all were undercover in that respect. We weren’t the face of what was going on but that was our job.”

Additionally, Phelan revealed in the Daily Mirror that Ferguson used to make key choices by the toss of a coin.

“Part of my job was to hold him back because he could come out with some very strange decisions at times.”

Best suffers hand injury and Iain Henderson ruled out for six weeks

Ulster’s injury list has taken another blow as Iain Henderson has been ruled out for six weeks after a hamstring strain has been reported.

The injury to the back row comes soon after Rory Best’s hand injury sustained against New Zealand on Sunday.

Nicholas Bendtner: “I’m sorry for breaking into my own house”

Arsenal striker Nicholas Bendtner has publically come out and apologised for being arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage on his apartment in London.

The Arsenal striker was held in Hertfordshire station by police on Monday. Writing on his Instagram account today, he explained that he accidentally damaged a door as he tried to force it open after it became stuck.

“On Saturday night after our win against Southampton I went out with my family and friends for dinner,” he wrote.

“After our dinner we all wanted a night swim in my gym so we changed to shorts and brought towels down.”

“As we arrived at the gym my key fob changed the colour from red (locked) to green (open) but the door remained closed. We thought the door was stuck so we tried to open it and it caused some damage. I apologise for any inconvenience for my neighbours and I have paid in full.”

Dubs set to remain in Croke Park for spring series, reveals GAA director general Paraic Duffy

GAA general director Pádraig Duffy has confirmed that Dublin’s footballers will return to Croke Park for the Spring Series next year.

“There may be a problem with double bills but it’s definitely going ahead with football and it’s a matter for Dublin after that,” Duffy said at the launch of Sportsfile’s “A Season of Sundays” book.

Baines out for rest of the year with broken toe

Manchester United target Leighton Baines has been ruled out for 6 weeks, the club have confirmed.

The England international was forced off early in the second half of the high tempo 3-3 clash with Liverpool on Saturday. While he left Goodison Park walking unaided, refusing crutches offered to him, an x-ray of his right foot after the match revealed a broken toe.

Darragh Collins

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