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How Kieran McKenna could help Manchester United save £15m this summer

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Former Manchester United coach Kieran McKenna could be about to save his former club £15m on transfer fees this summer.

Since departing Manchester United in 2022, Kieran McKenna has gone on to thrive at Ipswich Town and it’s incredible to see.

Taking the Tractor Boys from lowly League One right up to the pinnacle of the Championship, he’s proven to be a remarkable manager.

Now, he and his side sit well-placed to lift the Championship title over the next few weeks should everything go his way.

After 39 games his side sit on 84 points which has them in pole position, ahead of Leeds and Leicester.

If Ipswich goes on to win the league, and that forces Leicester into the uncertain position of the playoffs, McKenna could save United £15m, here’s how.

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So ahead of the summer transfer window, United have been linked with countless different players for various positions.


One name which has arisen comes from the Championship.

Leicester City’s Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is a player Sir Jim Ratcliffe is said to be very keen on.

But with a price tag of £40m on the English midfielder, he’d be horrendous value for money.

But, if Leicester fail to gain promotion this season back into the Premier League, there is some thinking that the price tag could drop to £25m.

Hence McKenna’s Ipswich could effectively save United £15m on the midfielder who loves Paul Scholes if Leicester fail in their promotion bid.

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With this move in mind, we’ve looked at Leicester’s recent form and it’s not looking good for the one-time runaway favourites.

In all competitions, the Foxes have won just one game in five.

A loss to Bristol City on Friday night leaves them third in the league, although do have a game in hand.

But this comes against a fellow playoff/promotion hopeful in Norwich City, while two more of the remaining eight are in a playoff hunt.

It’s looking like a rocky end to the season for Leicester, but we will be hoping they falter and Sir Jim can grab his man for £15m cheaper than he would’ve otherwise.

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