The report adds that Mourinho wanted to sign a centre-back on priority and was particularly keen on bagging either Harry Maguire or Toby Alderweireld.
Phelan was quoted by the Express and claimed that City know how to take advantage of such situations.
“I think what is there at the moment is fierce competition within the city, and if Manchester United are at loggerheads within the club I think it just helps fuel Manchester City’s cause more than anything else.
“And I think that’s something they need to be very careful of because Manchester City are a very big club now and they’re very well run and they know how to use certain situations, and I think that helps – unrest across the road helps.”
City started the season with two wins and a draw but look a much better side than United. The Red Devils began the Premier League campaign with a tough win before losing at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend.
There might be issues within the club but Mourinho is experienced enough to deal with them and come out on top.
The former Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager has won league titles in almost every club he has been at. And if he can overcome the reported problems at United, we could pick up another Premier League title soon.