Why Alejandro Garnacho could miss start of next season as Kieran McKenna explains Man United snub

Alejandro Garnacho is set to have a hectic summer, it seems
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The summer is due to be a busy time for Sir Jim Ratcliffe as he enters his first transfer window as Manchester United co-owner.

The Ineos chief is also a majority shareholder in OGC Nice, and he will soon find out whether both of his clubs can play in the same European competition - the Europa League - next season or whether one will be demoted.

As for what he can control at United, he will have a decision to make over Erik ten Hag’s future. Kieran McKenna had been linked but has since signed a new Ipswich Town contract, explaining why he decided to stay at Portman Road.

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Meanwhile, United could be without Alejandro Garnacho at the beginning of next season. He, along with Andre Onana, Rasmus Hojlund and Kobbie Mainoo, is one of just four players exempt from a sale this summer.

Garnacho headache

United might have to make do without Garnacho for the opening embers of the new campaign due to his expected participation in Argentina’s Olympic squad. TNT Argentina reports that coach Javier Mascherano will ask him to play in the Games after his likely inclusion in this summer’s Copa America squad.

The final of the latter tournament is staged on July 15, with Argentina’s opening game for the Olympics set for July 25 and the gold medal match taking place on August 9. The new Premier League season commences on August 16.

MEN Sport’s Isaac Johnson says: This is not a healthy scenario for Garnacho. Not only would he not be afforded any rest time and likely come back into the club fatigued, he would also miss United’s pre-season.

“This cannot happen. Garnacho, 19, looked energy-sapped towards the end of the season, having played the most games of his career - 50. For the player, it’s hard to say no to representing your country and so the onus is not on him but United.

“Trying to take the positives, Garnacho would likely only play a bit-part in the Copa America and more often at the Olympics, which would mirror United’s pre-season build-up. But either way, this is headache of a situation for Garnacho. and his club.”

McKenna explains Ipswich renewal

Former United coach McKenna has detailed his decision to pen a renewal at Ipswich, stating it was “right” to consider his options. MEN Sport revealed that McKenna was open to replacing Ten Hag in the United dugout, with Chelsea also interested.

The Blues have agreed a deal for Leicester boss Enzo Maresca, while United are yet to make a decision on Ten Hag’s future.

“It's part and parcel of success, there's been interest from other clubs and it's a short career as a manager,” said McKenna upon his Ipswich renewal. “It's right to consider things but I'm so, so happy with the decision I've made.

“I am so happy to have committed my future to taking the next step with Ipswich Town and I am really excited for what's ahead as we continue this journey together.”

MEN Sport’s Isaac Johnson says: “Given his former links at United, McKenna would have been a less surprising pick to replace Erik ten Hag. He would have been willing to operate under the new hierarchy and knows some players from his time as coach and Under-18s boss.

“All in all, though, the right decision has probably come about. He would still be a risk for United given Ipswich is his first job in management and he is yet to manage in the top-flight. For McKenna himself, his career could have been scolded by a negative tenure on the world stage.

“Perhaps he is the man to come in once he has more Premier League experience, should Ten Hag stay and continue to falter, or a new manager fails to cut it. The fact is, though, if Ratcliffe gets the manager call right, McKenna might not get the opportunity to manage United ever again.”