Man Utd ‘penalised’ for manager uncertainty in midfielder race

Will Ford
Man Utd linked Kamara

Manchester United face missing out on defensive midfield target Boubacar Kamara due to uncertainty over the club’s next manager.

Kamara is a wanted man with his contract at Marseille expiring this summer.

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United, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Newcastle are the Premier League clubs linked with the 22-year-old defensive midfielder, but Foot Mercato (via Sport Witness) claim Atletico Madrid are ‘clearly in pole position’.

Manager Diego Simeone has reportedly ‘validated’ the player’s profile and has given the green light for the club to make a move.

It’s claimed a ‘verbal agreement exists between the two parties’, but ‘nothing has been signed yet’.

And that leaves the door open for United, who are ‘staying on top’ of Kamara’s situation.

But the report states that they are currently being ‘penalised by the uncertainty regarding their future manager’.

Ralf Rangnick is in interim charge of United, but the club are expected to appoint a new permanent boss in the summer.

Carlo Ancelotti and Ralph Hasenhuttl have been linked, but Ajax’s Erik ten Hag and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino are the frontrunners.

But the uncertainty can’t be helping in terms of new recruits and that is reportedly the case when it comes to Kamara.

Meanwhile, Gary Neville has questioned whether United’s prime managerial targets have the “personality” to lead the club.

Neville said: “If you look at Pochettino and Ten Hag who are the two that keep getting mentioned.

“Pochettino we don’t even know if they can get from Paris Saint-Germain. Have they got the personality to come in to Manchester United?

“The scale of the club, the issues that exist there at this moment in time – are they able to have the personality and character and the strategic planning of how to manage up and down?

“To influence up, to take over the planning of the training ground, to redevelop the stadium, all the stuff you think a great manager would do.

“I’m not sure Pochettino and Ten Hag have got that in them.”