Man Utd’s Omar Berrada and Jason Wilcox meet with representatives of 38-year-old manager

Manchester United technical director Jason Wilcox with Dave Brailsford

Manchester United’s senior figures, including Jason Wilcox, have started exploring options to replace Erik ten Hag REUTERS/David Klein

Manchester United and Chelsea have approached Kieran McKenna to be their next manager.

As far as elite clubs go in the Premier League, Manchester United and Chelsea did not have the best of seasons. The usual top-four finishers ended the campaign outside of those spots and only Chelsea have confirmed European football for the next season.

As such, it is not a surprise that the managements of both sides are looking for new faces to lead their sides.

Chelsea have already parted ways with Mauricio Pochettino while United will officially take the decision on Erik ten Hag’s future only after their FA Cup final against Manchester City on Saturday.

Interestingly, a common name features on both their shortlists.

Man Utd meet Kieran McKenna before the FA Cup final

According to Sky Sports, Manchester United and Chelsea could go head-to-head for the signature of Kieran McKenna ahead of the next season.

It is understood that United were the latest to make contact with McKenna’s representatives even as the Blues expressed a strong interest.

The report adds that United’s chief executive Omar Berrada and technical director Jason Wilcox discussed first-team prospects with the representatives last week.

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Incidentally, the current Ipswich Town manager is not going to be let go of that easily, as the newly promoted Premier League side is keen to keep McKenna at their club after his impressive two-year stint which saw back-to-back promotions.

This feat has certainly put the former United coach in a positive spotlight but there are those who wonder whether this achievement alone will suffice to manage giants like Chelsea and United and expectations that the job carries.