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Man Utd facing massive payouts to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's coaching team

90min Staff
Mike Phelan and Michael Carrick recently signed new deals
Mike Phelan and Michael Carrick recently signed new deals / IAN KINGTON/GettyImages
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Manchester United face the prospect of paying out millions in cash to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's coaching team, having recently rewarded them with new contracts.

Mike Phelan penned new terms last month while Michael Carrick - now in interim charge until United find a manager to see out the season - is also believed to have signed a new deal alongside first team coach Kieran McKenna and goalkeeper coach Richard Hartis.

They're each thought to have signed new three-year contracts, just three weeks before Solskjaer was eventually sacked, according to the Mail.

United have courted criticism from their own fanbase due to their lack of foresight and forward planning, and these contracts are another example of how officials are failing on the football side at Old Trafford.

When a managerial successor to Solskjaer is appointed, they will almost certainly bring their own coaching staff with them, which would likely spell the end for United mainstays Phelan and Carrick among others. While they're being booted out, compensation will need to be paid and it could cost United a pretty penny.

The Red Devils have been linked with a myriad of managers over the past week or so, but it looks like Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino has the most support from the Glazer family. 90min  understands both the Argentine and Brendan Rodgers would be prepared to leave PSG and Leicester respectively if United made an approach.

For now, Carrick and Phelan will be given a chance to turn things around and United are not against giving them prolonged control of the squad if results improve.

Up first for United in life after Solskjaer is a Champions League trip to Villarreal on Tuesday, where a win would go a long way in boosting their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages in a tight Group F.

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