His strong character, belying his young age, has also marked him out as a likely mainstay of Manchester United for many years to come.
As you can see in our free video, the 21 year-old tackles questions in the same way he approaches 50/50 challenges. Never shirking, he instead sheds light on dressing-room life and reveals, for example, which players' attire and tidiness leave something to be desired.
Phil's team-mates, including some of the most senior squad members, may wish to look away now...
This article first appeared in United Uncovered, the official newsletter.