Manchester United’s players believe that first-team coach Kieran McKenna is partly to blame for the club’s Premier League slump this term, according to reports.
United‘s record of 34 points after 24 games was their worst at that stage of a league campaign in 30 years, with the club currently sitting in seventh, six points below the top four.
Having started impressively in his role, head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has since been unable to oversee similar form since he got the job on a permanent basis, with the Red Devils now 38 points off runaway leaders Liverpool.
According to the Daily Mirror, however, United’s players believe the club’s poor run of results is not all down to Solskjaer.
The newspaper claims that the players are concerned over first-team coach McKenna’s influence in training, believing that he has too much control.
Furthermore, the players reportedly believe his technical coaching is below the standard expected.
United have only won nine of their 25 Premier League games this term, with their next outing seeing them take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge following the winter break.
Solskjaer has previously explained that fatigue from playing 20 games in a “very short space of time” is a main cause of United’s problems.
The Norwegian said ahead of last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Wolves: “We’ve had some ups and downs but the players in the last two months have played 20 games in a very short space of time.
“They’ve given us everything and they will again in these last two games. Let’s hope we go into the break positively.”
In other United news, midfielder Paul Pogba‘s absence from the club’s trip to Spain is reportedly down to Solskjaer informing the Frenchman that he was not wanted on the warm-weather training camp.
Pogba has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford in recent months and is currently out injured.
However, the Daily Star says it is not his injury problems that have led to his exclusion from the trip.