Man Utd news: Solskjaer’s old assistant lauds ‘fantastic’ Erik ten Hag


Former Manchester United coach Kieran McKenna lauds 'fantastic' Erik ten Hag

The Ipswich Town boss is a big fan of the way Ajax play under Ten Hag (Pictures: Getty)

Former Manchester United assistant Kieran McKenna has hailed Erik ten Hag as a ‘fantastic’ coach and is confident the club have all the building blocks in place to help the Dutchman succeed.

The Ajax boss is believed to have verbally agreed a three-year deal – with the option for a fourth – to take over at Old Trafford, though the club will not make an announcement until after Sunday’s Dutch Cup final to avoid disrupting the Eredivisie champions’ season.

In different circumstances, McKenna might have been part of Ten Hag’s coaching staff but he opted to leave the club in December to take over as manager of Ipswich Town.

Former Manchester United coach Kieran McKenna lauds 'fantastic' Erik ten Hag

McKenna joined United from Tottenham back in 2016 (Picture: Getty)

The Northern Irishman was originally promoted to the first-team coaching staff under Jose Mourinho and was an integral part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s backroom team, while he also briefly worked under Ralf Rangnick.

Having also been a youth coach at United, few people are as well positioned to understand the state of the club behind the scenes.

There have been concerns that Ten Hag’s looming appointment will only be a success if United’s approach to recruitment is dramatically improved, but McKenna is confident the technical staff at the club are working hard to give the Dutchman the best possible chance of hitting the ground running.

Asked about the prospective arrival of Ten Hag, McKenna told Sky Sports: ‘Obviously Erik ten Hag is a fantastic coach, I’ve enjoyed watching his Ajax team over the last few years.

‘They’re a team that I’ve watched quite a lot of and I’ve really enjoyed the style of play he’s managed to impart there.

‘I think obviously until anything is officially announced it’s difficult to talk too early, and all the names that have been linked with [the job] are very good coaches – and certainly Ten Hag is a fantastic coach.

Former Manchester United coach Kieran McKenna lauds 'fantastic' Erik ten Hag

Ten Hag is expected to be appointed before the end of the month (Picture: Getty)

‘I know there’s fantastic support, a lot of people at the club are working very hard behind the scenes to make good decisions and get things in place for next year that will give the team a good chance to have a successful season.

‘I think as a Manchester United fan, and what all Manchester United fans want to see is a successful team on the pitch and I’m sure they’ll be working hard to make the right steps in that direction over the course of the off-season.’


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