That’s the theory of ESPN FC pundit Paul Mariner.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Phelan were caught by TV cameras having a lengthy private chat with their mouths cupped so their lips could not be read.
And Mariner believes the duo were discussing the state of the Red Devils squad and which players will be a part of their project moving forward.
Manchester United suffered their sixth defeat within their last eight matches across all competitions as they lost 4-0 at Goodison Park.
As well as ending their hopes of silverware in the Champions League and the FA Cup, that run has also cast doubt on United’s chances of a top-four finish.
There were already discussions regarding who must be offloaded in the summer but this latest defeat will only
With the club’s current first-team squad unfit for purpose as they look to bridge the gap to rivals Manchester City and Liverpool who are alone in competing for the title.
And Mariner believes United’s display on Merseyside was so poor that Solskjaer and Phelan will have been contemplating decisions on the futures of certain players there and then.
Ex-Arsenal player Mariner told ESPN FC: “All the Man United fans are saying on Twitter and all over the shop are saying, ‘What’s going on here? It’s back to [David] Moyes’ days, back to [Jose] Mourinho days’.
“Look it’s not as bad as that. But when I saw Micky Phelan and Ole on the sidelines having a quiet little chat with each other, they were sorting out who’s staying and who’s going.
“100 per-cent. They weren’t doing anything tactical, changing anything. They were looking at those players and saying, ‘Here’s what we’ve got to do.’ That’s the next big step.
“For 10 games or whatever it was, he was absolutely magnificent. He couldn’t do anything wrong. We’re applauding everything that he did.
“How long can you keep that going? If you’re a decent side, you can keep it going all season, look at Man City, look at Liverpool, look at the best teams in the world they do it day-in, day-out.
“Whether it’s tactical changes or not it just goes to prove whether it’s Mourinho who spent in excess of £260million, whether it’s his fault, that’s history now – you’ve got to get over it and say, ‘How are we going to build United?’
“It’s a massive, massive task. Ole’s been given it, can he do it with Woodward in charge? I don’t know.
“Everyone’s saying they need a sporting director and they probably do.
“If you go through the squad to see who needs to stay and who needs to go, there’s a lot that need to go because they’re just not good enough.”
Source Daily Express