Manchester United ‘make initial contact’ with shock replacement for Erik ten Hag

Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna has emerged as a candidate to replace Erik ten Hag as Manchester United boss, with initial contact already made with his representatives, according to reports. 

With two games remaining in his dismal second season as head coach of the Red Devils, Ten Hag’s position is in jeopardy. The team is currently seventh in the Premier League.

In the final two league games against Newcastle and Brighton, as well as the FA Cup final versus Manchester City, the Dutchman may still round off the season with a win. On the other hand, it can be a nightmare come true.

Although Ten Hag’s status as manager for the upcoming campaign is still up in the air, Manchester United has already begun to look into potential successors for the former Ajax manager.

According to The Guardian, McKenna, the current manager of Ipswich and a former coach of the Red Devils, is among the contenders shortlisted to succeed Ten Hag.

The 38-year-old began his managerial career at Portman Road in December 2021 after serving as a coach at Old Trafford from 2016 to 21.

Since then, the Northern Irishman has been an enormous success, helping the Tractor Boys advance from League One to the Premier League twice in a row.

According to the source, McKenna is being given “serious consideration” and United and his representation have gotten in touch, albeit the talks are still very early on.

Since he rejected an approach from Crystal Palace earlier this season when they fired Roy Hodgson, Ipswich has demonstrated their desire to hang on to the man who helped them rise from League One.

If Manchester United were to formally approach the Eagles, it would be far more difficult to decline them as they would have a totally different offer.

If Roberto De Zerbi departs the team this summer—he’s been linked to Bayern Munich and clubs in his home country—Brighton is apparently also interested in McKenna.

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