Kieran McKenna hints at Manchester United transfer and loan offers

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Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna admits he may look to attack Manchester United for new signings in the January transfer window.

The former United assistant coach left the club last month to take over at Portman Road, his first managerial post after working as a backstage staff member under Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

McKenna initially joined United’s academy in 2016 before making his way to the first team and he remains highly regarded by his former colleagues at Old Trafford.

The 35-year-old faces a huge challenge as he enters his first transfer window as a professional manager and he refused to rule out the possibility of approaching United for the players this month.

“Obviously it’s a good market to be able to tap into, not just at United, but I feel like I have very good ties to Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and all the big guys academy clubs, fortunately. to work in these academies for such a long time, ”he said at his weekly press conference.

“I have a good relationship with all of these clubs, so it’s a market option for us in the future, but it’s not the only one.

“I also enjoyed and worked with experienced players, I started coaching United’s first team when I was 32 and we had 35 and 36-year-olds so I’m also very up to speed. Enjoying working with senior players and working with experienced players is something that I also enjoy.

“We have to look through the market and obviously we want to have that balance. It’s good to have young players, hungry players who want to improve with us and develop with us over time but we also need that kind of experience and people who have a lot of games to play. their assets and who know the game well and especially players who have also gained experience in this league.

“So it’s about having that balance and that mix and our recruiting will not only focus on January, but in the summer it’s going to be about getting a balance across the spectrum, so we end up with the right mix. and the right makeup of the team we want. “

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