Phelan, 56, who was appointed first team coach under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December, wants guarantees that he will have full control of the club’s scouting and recruitment issues.
Right now, Manchester United’s scouting department is in desperate need of a complete overhaul and Phelan believes it’s essential to be totally hands on in the future.
Amazingly, United have more than SIXTY scouts operating world-wide and it’s viewed as a chaotic set-up for such an established club.
Rival Premier League clubs have as few as ten operating on a mission to bring new talent into their clubs.
United’s over-staffing is highlighted by a recent spying trip abroad when two United scouts turned up at the stadium independently.
They didn’t know each other and weren’t aware they were watching the same player.
One reported that he wasn’t good enough for United – the other sent a dossier in favour of signing him.
Phelan feels a total revamp is an urgent requirement and is the man to do the job if he gets guarantees from executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
If and when he’s appointed, Michael Carrick would become assistant manager and Kieran McKenna will be appointed first team coach.
For the time being, however, United have Phelan in the dugout to offer his assistance to Solskjaer.
And the duo will have been plotting how to get the better of top-four rivals Chelsea this weekend.
United welcome the Blues to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon knowing anything less than a win will spell an end to their slim Champions League hopes.
Speaking this week, Solskjaer told MUTV just how big this weekend’s clash was.
“Sunday is a massive one,” he said.
“Sunday is something that we have to get ready for, the crowd has got to get ready for, the players have got to get ready for.
“Of course we have analysed them and let’s just make sure we turn up on Sunday with the same attitude and a little bit more quality in front of goal.
“Hopefully we can get the win everyone here wants and the fans deserve, the players deserve.
“They have made a terrific effort to give us a chance with three games to go to be in the top four.”
United will have a better idea of what they must do to secure Champions League football next season by the time they kick-off tomorrow.
Arsenal, who will be buoyed by Tottenham’s defeat against West Ham today, play in the day’s early clash when they take on Leicester City away from home.