Fermanagh man Kieran McKenna will remain at Manchester United as part of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's back-room team as the Premier League side prepare for a huge overhaul in the summer. 

Michael Carrick, Mark Dempsey and McKenna will work alongside Solskjaer who remains confident he can turn things around.

United's Premier League season came to an ignominious end on Sunday as a 2-0 home defeat to relegated Cardiff saw them slump home in sixth.

A lot of work is needed this summer to improve the squad and background, but Solskjaer is happy with the coaching set-up.

"They are all going to stay," Solskjaer told United's official app. "I think that's important, that we keep that team going forward. We do bounce off each other and they are some excellent coaches.

McKenna, 32, was a youth-team prospect at Tottenham before injury prematurely curtailed his career. He worked as a coach with Spurs' Under-18s before taking up a similar post with the Red Devils.

McKenna was elevated to a position with the seniors in 2018 when Jose Mourinho's sidekick Rui Faria left the club and is extremely well regarded.

Former captain Carrick and ex-Under-18 coach McKenna joined predecessor Jose Mourinho's backroom team at the start of the season, while Dempsey came in when the Norwegian was appointed caretaker.

"Kieran, with his 32 years of age, you'd think he's had 32 years in coaching.

"Demps - I've worked with him now since 2011 when I moved back to Norway, he came with me to Molde.

"He's a Manchester United lad through and through, he came through with Norman Whiteside and Mark Hughes in that youth team. I think he was captain and he played once for the first team. He knows what this means.

"Michael - what can I say that no-one else knows about Michael? When he came in, it was my last season as a player so I played with him for one year.

"He's a personality I can really connect with."
 

Assistant manager Mike Phelan signed a three-year deal on Friday and goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarez has been with the club since Jose Mourinho arrived in 2016. 

Solskjaer replaced the Portuguese as United manager in December and shone as caretaker boss, only to struggle to hit the right note after getting the job on a permanent basis.

"I've learned that I don't like losing," the former United striker said. "I like winning. We started off fantastically.

"The boys were unbelievable when I came in. We were positive. We won games. The whole group gelled together and I enjoyed winning but I know that football is hard.

"You can't just expect everything to go that way and the reality hit us. We are in a league with loads of very good teams and, to be at our top (level), we need to be 100 per cent focused.

"We came into some games really, really focused with the full team and I thought that was fantastic.

"Then you learn a lot when you go through tough times and think about 'who can we build this team around?' and who we think is going to take the next step because we need to go to the next level."