Man Utd’s intentions for Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna after Ralf Rangnick arrival
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Manchester United intend to let Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna stay at Old Trafford despite Ralf Rangnick’s imminent appointment, according to reports. A breakthrough was made with the 63-year-old on Thursday. But he won’t be in charge for their Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday.
Manchester United axed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday, less than 24 hours after a dire defeat to Watford.
And while the club have held talks with Rudi Garcia and Ernesto Valverde, it’s Rangnick who is poised to take over.
The 63-year-old has established himself as a fine manager during his career, doing well at RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim in the past.
Rangnick’s attacking philosophy has also helped shape the managerial careers of Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann.
And United are hoping he can save their season, with the club losing seven of their last 14 matches across all competitions.
With Rangnick coming in, that’s led to some uncertainty over the positions of Carrick and McKenna.
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Both were key figures under Solskjaer and have taken charge of training in the short time since the 48-year-old’s dismissal.
Yet Rangnick is set to keep them on, the Athletic say, even if he’s being allowed to bring in some of his own backroom staff.
United believe the 63-year-old can help set the pair on their own paths to management, with Carrick and McKenna still inexperienced coaches.
And Mike Phelan is also set to remain at Old Trafford, too.
The publication states that United were keen on the idea of hiring Mauricio Pochettino, despite his commitment to Paris Saint-Germain.
But there was a ‘financial concern’ that prevented the Red Devils from bringing in the Argentine now.
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Pochettino is keen on the idea of moving to the Theatre of Dreams, having set his sights on the post.
Yet United are in no rush and they’re confident that, in Rangnick, they’re bringing in the right man for the time being.
The German will become the latest person to be given the United job since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
David Moyes was given a six-year contract but, after 10 months, was replaced by Ryan Giggs for the final few games of the campaign.
Louis van Gaal arrived in 2016 yet despite winning the FA Cup, he was relieved of his duties after failing to secure Champions League qualification.
After Van Gaal, came Jose Mourinho.
Things started off well for United under the current Roma boss but, in the end, Mourinho was sacked after rowing with the Old Trafford dressing room.
And Solskjaer was hired in December 2018, initially doing well, before losing his job last weekend.
Meanwhile, regarding Carrick and McKenna, Paul Scholes recently claimed the pair should have followed Solskjaer out the door.
On BT Sport, he said: “It’s the same people running the team, the same people given massive responsibility every week to put that team on the pitch.
“Arguably it’s more Kieran McKenna and Michael Carrick who’ve been preparing the team.
“Ole gave them that responsibility, so how that changes now I don’t know.
“Four weeks ago, that Liverpool game. That was the time we knew Ole was going to go, it was plainly obvious.
“So then the people above had to prepare the next manager and the next batch of staff.
“I’d be almost embarrassed being the staff now, after what happened to Ole. I think they all should have gone.
“They were part of Ole’s team, Ole trusted them each week to prepare the team – and they’ve let the club and players down as much as Ole has.”
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