Manager ‘in talks’ for Man Utd job already has strong relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson

Reports state that Kieran McKenna, who led Ipswich Town back to the Premier League, is in the running to succeed Erik ten Hag as manager of Manchester United this summer. After receiving two promotions in a row, the former United coach has a lot going for him, none more so than his close bond with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Since stepping down as the Red Devils’ assistant manager in December 2021 to take the helm at Ipswich, McKenna’s status has skyrocketed.

After taking on the post of U18 manager in 2016, the 38-year-old became Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s right-hand man and assisted Jose Mourinho in managing training sessions.

He left for Portman Road after the latter’s sacking, inheriting an Ipswich side mid-table in League One. Remarkably, 29 months later, the club are preparing for their first top-flight campaign since 2002.

After a terrible second season in charge that appears destined to end with a record-low eighth-place Premier League result, Ten Hag’s future at United is questionable.

The early restructuring of INEOS has raised expectations that the Dutchman will be let go following the FA Cup matchup with Manchester City.

The Guardian claims that United has already communicated with McKenna’s team regarding Ten Hag’s possible replacement in the dugout.

The Northern Irishman, who is currently in charge of football operations at Old Trafford, is apparently well-liked by Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his trusted advisors.

He also has an admirer in Sir Alex, one of the greatest football coaches to have ever lived and arguably the United legend.

A month after leaving the club for Ipswich, McKenna revealed his close relationship with the iconic Scotsman.

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