Man Utd eyeing “incredible” Ten Hag upgrade who’d help Dalot explode

The FA Cup final involving Manchester United was intended to make headlines this week, but instead they have focused on Erik ten Hag’s future.

Following a dismal season in which his team finished eighth in the Premier League with a negative goal differential, the Red Devils manager is under a lot of pressure.

According to reports, the Dutchman’s prospects of staying at the club are 50/50, and a decision about his managerial role will be made following tomorrow’s final versus Manchester City.

In light of this, let’s examine potential candidates for United’s future manager and assist Diogo Dalot in becoming a sensation should Sir Jim Ratcliffe want to split with the former Ajax manager.

Man Utd’s search for a new boss

In the event that they do fire Ten Hag, Man United is reportedly keeping an eye on Kieran McKenna, according Sky Sports.

United, who need to urgently consider their alternatives, are said to have spoken with the representatives of the Northern Irish leader.

Unfortunately for the new owners, they won’t have a clear shot at signing him because Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion are also eager to name the manager.

Conversely, the Ipswich Town manager was formerly employed at United, primarily as a coach under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. In addition, they may have an advantage over other suitors because he is a Red Devils fan.

Following his appointment as Ipswich manager in 2021, McKenna has won two promotions as a result of his team’s outstanding performances, which have stunned England.

Sir Alex Ferguson has even called the Tractor Boy “incredible.” However, the Tractor Boy’s attacking-focused style of play has garnered him much of the plaudits.

The 38-year-old’s 4-2-3-1 system enables his side to dominate matches even without massively dominating the ball, with his team’s 53.1% possession and 92 goals last term serving as evidence for that.

Ipswich vs MUFC 23/24 League Stats
Stats Ipswich MUFC
Wins 28 18
Defeats 6 14
Goals scored 92 57
Goals conceded 57 58
Clean sheets 15 9
Possession 53.1% 50.5%
Via Sofascore

However, this isn’t simply your average 4-2-3-1 where players act out the role as it would appear on paper; when in possession, the role changes to a 3-5-2 variation.

Leif Davis, a left-back who plays almost like a winger, has been the player who has assumed much of the attacking load when the ball is in play for the past two seasons. He has had 14 assists in League One and 18 this season.

The United team is ideal for the similar style, but on the opposing flanks, despite McKenna using his right back as the third centre half and his left back as the forward-thinking full back.

This is precisely how the former United manager could unleash Dalot’s full talent, perhaps assuming the same central-half role as Davies and Luke Shaw.

Dalot won United’s Player of the Season Award because of his tremendous growth during the 2023–2024 campaign, which included displaying defensive security and technical class.

The most recent example of the Portuguese ace being suited to an attacking role was his performance against Brighton on the final day of the season, when he created two chances and scored a fantastic goal after breaching the Seagull’s backline with a clever run in behind.

Under Ten Hag, he hasn’t quite been given the freedom to express himself in the final third, but that would most definitely change under McKenna, who could just make him one of the best fullbacks in Europe.

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