Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes Manchester United’s next manager must be able to go head to head with the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel.
Neville says the tactical strengths of the Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea head coaches mean that the Red Devils have to get their next appointment right:
“The manager has got to be right next season to take on Thomas Tuchel, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, because if you don’t take on those three with a manager who can face them like-for-like, you’ll get beat up. It’s been proven over the last few years that great managers in this league will bring you great things, and Manchester United need a great manager to compete with the ones that are at that level in this league at this moment in time.”
There is no doubt that the club’s last permanent manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was tactically outclassed by his rivals, so Neville is spot on in terms of making this point.
In terms of the favourites to replace interim boss Ralf Rangnick in the summer, Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag both, undoubtedly, possess the ability to challenge the best managers in this country.
It is, however, only part of the problem at Old Trafford. Having the right coach in place is a start, but you have to have the right players and recruitment strategy to complement them. That could take time to implement properly and there are no quick fixes as far as United are concerned.