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Manchester United squad ‘unconvinced’ by first team coach Kieran McKenna

Kieran McKenna has been given a prominent role under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Picture: Getty)

Kieran McKenna’s role in Manchester United’s dismal start to the season has come under increased scrutiny from the first team in recent weeks with the squad ‘unconvinced’ by the coach’s training sessions, Metro.co.uk understands.

The Red Devils have made a poor start to the campaign, winning just two of their first eight league matches to leave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fearing for his job.

The Norwegian found success during his time as interim boss by leaning on the experience of Mike Phelan, who urged the Norwegian to adopt a counter-attacking style of play and favoured switches of formation based on the weaknesses of the opposition.

However, Solskjaer has naturally wanted to implement his own philosophy since his permanent appointment and his United side have played almost exclusively in a 4-2-3-1 system this term.

But United’s transition to a new style of play has been anything but smooth and they’ve looked particularly ill-equipped in attack, scoring just nine goals in eight matches in the Premier League.

McKenna taking training on United’s pre-season tour of Australia (Picture: Getty)

The likes of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have improved United’s defence but there is discontent in the ranks that the side lack a cohesive plan in attack.

McKenna has been the man charged with taking training sessions since Solskjaer’s appointment and, though the squad were initially relieved to be free of the defensive-minded approach of Jose Mourinho, there are now doubts over the Northern Irishman’s suitability for the position.

United poached the 33-year-old from Tottenham in 2016 and he was promoted to Mourinho’s backroom staff after an impressive stint with the club’s U18s.

McKenna worked with the likes of Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong in the academy and Solskjaer felt he could act as a bridge for the youngsters as they looked to break into the first team.

But while McKenna remains a source of comfort for the younger players, sources have told Metro.co.uk that more senior members of the first team squad question whether he has the experience to carry out the role amid concerns that they’re ill-prepared for matches.

United have scored just once in their last four matches and, while Solskjaer’s inability to replace Romelu Lukaku is undeniably a factor in their lack of prolificacy, there’s also a strong lack of cohesion in the side’s attacking play.



Solskjaer’s record before and after permanent appointment

Interim                                             Permanent
Games: 19                                       Games: 21
Won: 14                                           Won: 6
Drawn: 2                                          Drawn: 6
Lost: 3                                              Lost: 9
Goals for: 40                                   Goals for: 18
Goals against: 17                            Goals against: 23

Solskjaer was appointed on a full-time basis after 14 wins in 19 games as interim boss but that early success was largely down to United’s counter-attacking play.

United have won just four of their 16 league matches since Solskjaer was given the job and they haven’t won away from home since February.

Much of that is down to opponents no longer giving United space to counter-attack and Solskjaer’s side have failed to come up with a plan B.

Certain members of the squad feel there has not been enough work done to develop the team’s attacking patterns and that their is a clear lack of creativity and ideas in the final third.

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United’s stance on Solskjaer remains unchanged but the Red Devils are about to enter a defining period in which they face league leaders Liverpool at home before away trips to Bournemouth, Norwich, Chelsea and Partizan Belgrade.

The club are convinced that the Norwegian has made the right decisions for the long-term but it’s not unfeasible that United could remain hovering around the relegation zone by the halfway by November.

The cost of sacking Solskjaer would come in at around £7m, considerably less than the £19.6m pay-off for Mourinho in December 2018.

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