Meet Man Utd’s under-fire coaching team after scathing Jamie Carragher criticism

The backroom team that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has built at Manchester United has come under increasing fire in recent days following the thrashing at the hands of Liverpool.

It is a relatively inexperienced coaching team, with many of Solskjaer’s closest confidantes being in their first senior team roles.

Jamie Carragher blasted that lack of experience following Sunday’s hammering, insisting that Solskjaer needs to boost his team.

“Manchester United should have the best coaches in the world. Yes, Mike Phelan came in, but I don't think he's the coach,” he told Sky Sports.

“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.”

Here, Daily Star Sport takes a look at the under-fire coaching staff currently in place at United…

Mike Phelan

Solskjaer’s assistant could not be more experienced, with Mike Phelan a veteran of Sir Alex Ferguson’s team.

He won three Premier League titles as Ferguson’s number two and fulfils the same role with Solskjaer, who brought the Englishman in as soon as he was appointed caretaker.

At the start of this month, Phelan was handed a contract extension to match the United manager’s keeping him in place until 2024.

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Michael Carrick

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Michael Carrick is another well-known face from the Ferguson era, winning the Premier League five times as a United player.

Jose Mourinho brought Carrick into his coaching team when he retired, with Solskjaer retaining his services.

Carrick helps to lead United’s training sessions and has also mentored the likes of Fred and Bruno Fernandes.

Brazilian midfielder Fred hailed the influence of Carrick on himself early last season.

“On a daily basis, he helps me a lot, always talking to me. He’s a guy who has been of huge importance for me at United and I’m very grateful to him,” he said.

Kieran McKenna

Unusually for Solskjaer’s coaching staff, Kieran McKenna has no connection to Manchester United as a player.

He was forced to retire at the age of just 23 due to injuries, starting his coaching career at Tottenham Hotspur.

He was brought to United by former academy boss Nicky Butt as Under 18s manager, with his work impressing many at the club.

That saw him promoted to Mourinho’s backroom team, with Solskjaer opting to retain his services as assistant first-team coach in a role which sees him lead many of United’s training sessions.

“He was a breath of fresh air, a very good coach. He’s on it. I think it’s important to bring outside people in,” Butt told The Athletic earlier this year.

Martyn Pert

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Originally training to be an accountant, Martyn Pert was brought in by Solskjaer having built up a wealth of experience in coaching teams across England.

He has had spells at Watford, Fulham, Coventry City and Cardfiff across his career, with Solskjaer bringing him to Old Trafford from Major League Soccer side Vancouver Whitecaps.

Pert has also been credited with helping to improve the performances of Fred, with his ability to speak Portuguese key.

“He [Fred] struggled with the language last season. One of our coaches, Martyn Pert, is fluent in Portuguese, so it’s easier for Fred to communicate with us all now,” Solskjaer said.

Darren Fletcher

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A former team-mate of Solskjaer’s and Carrick’s, Darren Fletcher was brought into the coaching team in January.

He was not part of Solskjaer’s team for long though, quickly being promoted to become technical director in March.

That saw him handed responsibility for player development and becoming the link between the first-team and academy.

Richard Hartis

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A man who has a long history with Solskjaer throughout his managerial career is senior goalkeeping coach Richard Hartis.

Hartis spent a decade with United’s academy until 2010, before joining Solskjaer at both Molde and Cardiff.

After leaving the Bluebirds, he had stops at Leeds at the FA, where he helped England Under 17s win the 2017 World Cup.

He then linked back up with United and Solskjaer ahead of the Norwegian’s first full season in charge.

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