Report names Poch alternative if Man Utd ‘make a change’

Date published: Friday 6th November 2020 1:51 - Joe Williams

Julian Nagelsmann RB Leipzig

Man Utd would consider a move for RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann if they decide to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to reports.

October kicked-off with a chastening 6-1 home loss to Tottenham for Man Utd but ended with a 5-0 shellacking of last season’s Champions League semi-finalists Leipzig, having won away to star-studded Paris St Germain the week before.

November also got off to negative start, with Sunday’s 1-0 home loss to Arsenal leaving them 15th in the Premier League standings and compounded by Wednesday’s shock 2-1 loss at unfancied Istanbul Basaksehir.

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The performance was as alarming as the result in Turkey, which has ratcheted up the pressure on manager Solskjaer and increased talk over a move for highly-rated former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.

However, sources have told ESPN that Pochettino ‘would not be the only option to replace him’ with Nagelsmann also in the frame.

Solskjaer ‘retains the faith of the board for now, there is an acceptance that the past two results, in particular, have not been good enough’.

And the report adds that Nagelsmann ‘would also come under consideration alongside the Argentinian coach’ if Man Utd decided to ‘make a change’.

Despite Solskjaer’s team dismantling Nagelsmann’s Leipzig outfit 5-0 last week, the German has ‘caught the attention of United chiefs with his development of young players and style of football — two things central to United’s blueprint’.

It is understood, though, that if Man Utd wanted to replace Solskjaer then a move for Pochettino ‘would not be as complicated as approaching Nagelsmann’.


It might well be the biggest weekend of the season so far. The two biggest title contenders finally clash in a long-awaited meeting, but will Leicester or Wolves come out on top? Liverpool also play Manchester City or something apparently.

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