There have been a lot of changes at Manchester United since the end of the 2020/21 campaign.
The summer signings of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo had United dreaming of a Premier League title charge, but it didn’t take long for such dreams to be shattered.
It soon became apparent that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had taken the club as far as he could and the United legend was relieved of his duties after a damning 4-1 defeat to Watford.
One of the problems Solskjaer encountered at United was that a lot of the fans never truly believed he could be the man to take them back to the top of English football. A lack of managerial experience at the top level meant that he was always going to be scrutinized by sections of the fanbase.
It wasn’t just Solskjaer who was highly criticized at times during his United reign, his backroom staff also took plenty of the blame.
Kieran McKenna was always regarded as one of the most talented coaches at United, though some fans decided to pinpoint him as the reason for the club’s struggles.
McKenna has since left Old Trafford having decided to pursue a career in management and if his first few months in charge of League One side Ipswich Town are anything to go by, those United fans who criticized him owe him a big apology.
When McKenna took the reins are the Tractor Boys, they found themselves in 12th position in the table, nine points off a play-off spot.
Without a win in their last five matches, it seemed to be a tall order for someone as inexperienced as McKenna to get their season back on track in their bid to secure promotion back to the Championship.
McKenna has done a great job during his short time in Suffolk, with six wins from his first eight games in charge taking Ipswich up to ninth in the table, just three places away from a place in the play-offs.
If the rookie boss continues his fine work at Ipswich and manages to drag them back into the second tier of English football, there’s every chance we could see him at a top club in the not too distant future.
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McKenna may have been relatively young when he was part of United’s backroom staff, but if you’re good enough, you’re old enough, right?
United are a club who pride themselves on developing top-quality talent and giving footballers a chance, so why should their coaching staff be any different?
It’s clear that McKenna wasn’t the problem at United and those who claimed as such owe the Ipswich boss an apology.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.