Manchester United have been linked with a move for manager Julian Nagelsmann.
The 32-year-old German is manager of RB Leipzig, the synthetic but impressive new Bundesliga side who have demonstrated how to improve young players, something that United have failed to do since John O’Shea emerged.
The Daily Mail reports that United have noted RB Leipzig’s success under Nagelsmann and have earmarked him for a future role, but the paper is clear that any appointment would not be imminent. Instead, United are simply tracking the manager in order to keep a list of managers who they should appoint, but don’t, and then appoint them when it’s too late and neither the club nor manager have any better options.
The story comes as Manchester United reportedly consider sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after an abominable run of form since his appointment in March as permanent manager.
According to recent reports, Solskjaer retains a tenuous amount of backing from the executives at United, and it seems it is mainly because there is nobody immediately to hand who can sort it out for the better. Instead, they seem to be waiting for a dreadful result against Liverpool to resolve his future.
If United avoid a battering against the league leaders, then Solskjaer will be kept on at least until the following weekend when United take on Norwich City. Defeat in that game would spell the end for the Norwegian manager, though. Apart from Mauricio Pochettino it is no clear who else would be on the list of targets for Ed Woodward, but we can be sure he will get it wrong in the end.