Phelan, McKenna and Carrick all set to work under Rangnick

There has been plenty of talk about Manchester United’s coaching staff recently.

Mike Phelan, Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna found themselves coming under fire when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign reached crisis point.

Carrick, aided by McKenna and Phelan, guided United to a 2-0 win over Villarreal on Tuesday night.

But United legend Paul Scholes feels all three should have left the club along with Solskjaer.

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A report by the Athletic has said that the trio will remain at United even when Ralf Rangnick’s appointment is confirmed.

Rangnick is set to meet them and form his own assessments, but United wanted their interim manager to work with their existing coaches and the German has clearly agreed.

He is also being allowed to add a couple of his own trusted assistants and a video analyst.

It remains to be seen how the coaching staff shakes down after all that. It is already a crowded setup on United’s bench, and now more new faces are coming with Rangnick, with only Solskjaer leaving.

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More will become clear when Rangnick’s appointment is confirmed. Sky Sports report that United hope that will happen within 48 hours.

The time it takes to get a work permit will prevent Rangnick taking charge of United at Stamford Bridge.

That means Carrick will be in charge, before he resumes his coaching duties when Rangnick comes in.

Some United fans may want to see a clean break from the Solskjaer era, but it will be easier to assess that situation once the exact makeup of Rangnick’s backroom staff is confirmed.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.