Manchester United training was being watched over by new members of Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff this week following Rui Faria’s departure in order to chase his dream of being a manager.
Faria and Mourinho have worked side-by-side for 17 silverware-filled years but now a new era is dawning at Old Trafford as new, but familiar, faces begin their roles in the Man United dug-out.
Under-18s head coach Kieran McKenna has hugely impressed since joining the club from Tottenham Hotspur in 2016 and has now been promoted as Mourinho’s second-hand man, a move which many are hoping might have a positive effect on the Portuguese’s strict style of play.
Michael Carrick hung up his playing boots after United’s 1-0 win over Watford at Old Trafford in May, but was handed his first whistle during the club’s end of season awards ceremony as he takes the next step in his career as a coach.
Mourinho’s old companion Stefano Rapetti has also arrived in Manchester from Sampdoria. He’ll be the most obscure name to many, but was alongside the current United boss in his most successful years at Inter Milan where the club won the Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League treble.
Here’s an image of Mourinho, Carrick and McKenna in discussions during the first training session of pre-season: