Manchester United

Manchester, London: Kieran McKenna has been confirmed as Manchester United’s new Under-18 coach.

The 30-year-old, who was formerly in charge of Tottenham’s youth team, has joined the Reds’ Academy and will be in the dug-out for Saturday’s home clash with Middlesbrough.

McKenna’s Spurs side knocked United out of the 2015 FA Youth Cup at White Hart Lane and he has forged an excellent reputation for developing young talent.

“It’s been excellent,” the boyhood United fan told MUTV about the move. “I’ve been here about a week now, getting to know the staff, the players and everyone in the building. Everyone has been very welcoming and it helps that I knew quite a few of the staff already and had a good relationship with some of the people here.

“I feel I’ve slotted in very quickly and the work with the boys on the grass has all gone extremely well so it’s been very smooth so far.

“I was involved with Tottenham since a 14-year-old lad coming across from Ireland to train with the youth team there,” he added. “I was full time since 16 and had seven fantastic years as a player. Obviously, the last couple were heavily disrupted by injury and I finished my playing career at 23 years old.

“I learned a lot and Tottenham have had a lot of success with Academy and I’m sure they will continue to do so now. To go to Manchester United, there is no bigger move you can make, it’s another fantastic Academy and it’s a dream come true really. I was a massive United fan, my dad brought me over to my first game in the 1994 season to see them lift the Premier League trophy.”

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