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According to The Sun, Manchester United could turn to England manager Gareth Southgate as their potential new boss.
Amidst the Red Devils’ disappointing start to the campaign – they find themselves well outside of the top four after 15 games in the Premier League – reports have suggested Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is fighting for his future at the club.
Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been touted with replacing the Norwegian, particularly after he was sacked from his job in north London a few weeks ago.
But now, The Sun claim Three Lions boss Southgate could emerge as an option for United if they decide to get rid of Solskjaer at the end of this season.
Whilst Southgate has done a sterling job in charge of England – a World Cup semi-final and smooth passage into next year’s European Championships – club football is a completely different kettle of fish. The 49-year-old’s only experience managing a team on a day-to-day basis came more than decade ago when he was Middlesbrough boss, and his record for the side was hardly something to write home about.
He lost 62 of his 150 total games in charge, whilst he averaged just over a measly one point per game in the Premier League (1.05). Returning to club football after more than ten years away, and that too to a team the calibre of United, where things are not as rosy as they once were, would be a major gamble. The Red Devils need a tried-and-trusted source to steer the ship, and Southgate’s impressive achievements with England, whilst impressive, simply don’t cut it for the club.
Meanwhile, Manchester United have been told that Premier League star is “precisely” who they need, according to a BBC Sport pundit.