Manchester close. Dubai far away.
Mike Phelan showed stunning geographical and tactical insight as he analysed Manchester United’s 7-1 thrashing of Blackburn. Fergie’s sidekick has worked out that when Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov are in the same country and, indeed, on the same pitch they tend to play closer together than when, for instance, Rooney is holidaying in the Middle East.
Phelan said: “I thought Rooney and Berbatov showed really well. They played a lot closer together than they have been doing.”
Yep, much, much closer we would say, Mike.
Phelan’s revelation comes 52secs into the video above.