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Manchester United are currently stuck in a rut under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having lost six of their last 12 matches across all competitions. The usual names are being linked with moves to Old Trafford as a result, with interest in Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers mooted. But one to potentially keep an eye on is Julian Nagelsmann, even if an appointment seems borderline impossible.
United expected big things under Solskjaer this term after spending big on the likes of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo.
But, after seeing the Red Devils lose six of their last 12 matches across all competitions, the Norwegian is now in a fight to save his job.
So far, several names have been linked.
Pochettino is one of them, despite the Argentine only signing a new contract at Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the year.
Rodgers is another, even if the Northern-Irishman has made it clear he’s happy at Leicester.
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And, earlier today, reports arose suggesting United were still interested in luring Zinedine Zidane to Old Trafford.
However, one name to keep an eye on in the future could be Bayern Munich boss Nagelsmann.
In October 2019, it emerged the Red Devils had earmarked the German as a potential manager for the future.
Aged 32 at the time, he was working wonders at RB Leipzig.
United apparently, according to the Daily Mail, put him down as ‘one to watch further down the line’, gathering information on him with an eye on the future.
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And with United struggling under Solskjaer, they can be forgiven for at least contemplating his appointment in the coming years.
The problem with right now is, however, that Nagelsmann is happy in his role at Bayern Munich.
The 34-year-old has steered his team to the top of the table, winning nine of his first 11 games in charge.
They’ve scored a remarkable 40 goals during that time, conceding just nine, which is 12 more than second-placed Borussia Dortmund.
And with Bayern firing on all fronts, it’s hard to imagine Nagelsmann rocking up at Old Trafford anytime soon.
Meanwhile, former United star Paul Parker thinks Solskjaer needs to be tougher in order to save his job.
The 48-year-old is expected to be in charge for the club’s next match, against Watford in the Premier League.
And Parker said: “Ole needs to be stronger.
“But he needs someone experienced, with more stature, in that dressing room working as his assistant.
“In all the great teams that Manchester United have had, look at the assistants that sat next to Alex Ferguson.
“It didn’t bother him having different people around him.
“He gained experience and it made his teams better. Whoever came in made his teams better and it made him a better manager.
“He needs someone to come in next to him who can help improve that squad.
“Start calling out the individuals. Start telling people. We live in a world now where people can’t shout at people, because they get upset.
“Find out about them. Get them upset. Tell them the truth about their game. It hurts.”
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