Man Utd training ‘more suited to academy level’ as pressure grows on Solskjaer

Manchester United's training sessions have been described as 'more suited to academy football' as the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to grow.

The United boss is under mounting pressure following a poor run of form that reached a new low with a 5-0 home defeat to bitter rivals Liverpool on Sunday.

As Solskjaer contends with speculation surrounding his future and reports of United contacting potential candidates to replace him, his coaching staff and training sessions have also come under scrutiny.

It is understood that sessions are taken by Solskjaer's assistants Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna, while the manager and Mike Phelan watch from the sidelines.

McKenna and Carrick also lead the pre-match tactical briefings ahead of each match, in another approach that differs to those of their rivals.

The Irish Independent have also reported that sources at the club have said McKenna's coaching sessions are more suited to academy football than the first team of a Champions League club.

McKenna was promoted to his role as first team assistant manager in 2018 after two years in charge of the club's under-18 side.

He had also previously worked in the same role at Tottenham Hotspur, for whom he had played for before retiring aged 22 due to injury.

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Meanwhile, Carrick is in his first coaching role having retired in 2018 after 12 years as a United player, during which time he made over 450 appearances and won five league titles.

Their inexperience as coaches has come in for criticism, with Jamie Carragher slamming the United coaching team after Sunday's loss.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Carragher said: “Manchester United should have the best coaches in the world. Yes, Mike Phelan came in, but I don't think he's the coach.

“Michael Carrick, Kieran McKenna, they have never coached before in their lives. They can't be all there at the same time. You have to have someone who has been there and done that.”

Another area of inexperience within the coaching staff is shown in the form of United's set-piece coach, Eric Ramsay, a friend of McKenna's from their time at Loughborough University.

Ramsay joined the club in the summer after working as a coach with Chelsea's under-23 side and has the distinction of being the youngest British coach to obtain a UEFA Pro Licence at just 27.

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