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Manchester United Part Company With Coaches Mike Phelan And Eric Steele

24/05/2013 16:03 BST | Updated 26/11/2013 11:15 GMT

Manchester United have confirmed the departures of Mike Phelan and Eric Steele from the club's coaching staff.

Phelan was assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson from 2008 while Steele joined the club as goalkeeping coach in the same year Tony Coton was forced to retire from coaching injured.

Steele, who learned Spanish months before David de Gea joined United in 2011, is credited with Edwin van der Sar prolonging his career and De Gea's own emergence into one of the best goalkeepers in Europe.

Yet the duo have left the club in the wake of David Moyes succeeding Ferguson.

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Steele with goalkeepers De Gea and Anders Lindegaard

"I would like to put on record the club's thanks for everything Mike and Eric have done," Moyes said. "I will be looking to appoint my own members of coaching staff at some point in the future, however, I’d like to take this opportunity to give them both our best wishes for their future careers."

Phelan was signed by Ferguson in 1989 from Norwich in 1989 and spent five years at Old Trafford.

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Phelan was Ferguson's fifth full-time assistant

He returned in a coaching capacity in 1999 and was appointed first-team coach in 2001.

Phelan, 50, was Ferguson's fifth full-time assistant after Archie Knox, Brian Kidd, Steve McClaren and Carlos Queiroz.

Jimmy Lumsden, who was part of Moyes' coaching staff at Preston North End before he joined him at Everton, is likely to follow the Scot to Old Trafford while Chris Woods, goalkeeping coach at Everton since 1998, could replace Steele.