Man United ‘are in talks with Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna over new three-year deals’ as club look to tie down more of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s backroom team after Mike Phelan signed a new contract until 2024
- Man United looking to seal Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna to new deals
- Sportsmail exclusively revealed that assistant Mike Phelan signed new contract
- Moves that underline the club’s commitment to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
- The Red Devils boss has come under intensifying scrutiny after poor results
Manchester United are reportedly in the process of tying down two more of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s backroom staff to new contracts.
Sportsmail exclusively revealed on Monday night that the Red Devils have given assistant manager Mike Phelan a new deal in a move that underlines the club’s commitment to under-fire boss Solskjaer.
And now United are in negotiations with coaches Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna over fresh terms, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Man United reportedly in talks with Michael Carrick (L) and Kieran McKenna (R) over new deals
Mike Phelan was given new deal in move that underlines commitment to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
The report claims that discussions are taking place between the club and both members of the backroom team over new three-year deals.
Should Carrick and McKenna put pen to paper on the proposed terms, their contracts will move in line with Solskjaer’s and Phelan’s with the duo at Old Trafford until 2024.
Solskjaer agreed a new three-year deal at the club in July which includes an option to extend it by a further year.
Solskjaer and his backroom staff were appointed on a caretaker basis in December 2018
The Norwegian and his backroom team were appointed on a caretaker basis to replace Jose Mourinho in December 2018 before he was made permanent manager in March 2019 on a three-year deal.
However he has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks after embarrassing home defeats by Aston Villa in the league, West Ham in the Carabao Cup and at Swiss minnows Young Boys in the Champions League.
The scrutiny has intensified over the international break after Everton held United to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford at the weekend.
But Phelan’s deal and potential new contracts for Carrick and McKenna are a show of support for Solskjaer.
The manager was heavily backed by the United hierarchy in the summer transfer window with Cristiano Ronaldo (£19.8m), Raphael Varane (£41million) and Jadon Sancho (£73m) all arriving.
Solskjaer is yet to win a trophy during his reign as manager at United, who are in fourth place in the Premier League table, following their agonising Europa League final penalty shoot-out defeat by Villarreal last season.
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