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Gary Neville warns Man Utd will get “beat up” next season if club get next permanent manager wrong

By Ben Green

Published: 12:19, 21 February 2022

Gary Neville has warned Manchester United’s hierarchy to appoint a permanent manager on the same level as Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel, or risk getting ‘beaten up’ in the Premier League next season.

The Red Devils currently have interim boss Ralf Rangnick at the helm, who has shown some promise in the last few games, with the club currently camped in the Premier League top four and entering Wednesday’s Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid off the back of a 4-2 win over bitter rivals Leeds.

Under Rangnick, the club have lost just one game in the Premier League — a 1-0 defeat to Wolves — picking up seven wins and four draws, but Neville doesn’t believe the German tactician has done enough to warrant a permanent berth in the Old Trafford dugout beyond the end of the campaign.

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Instead, Neville believes the makers-and-shakers behind the scenes should be prioritising on bringing in a manager who can hold his own against the likes of Guardiola, Klopp and Tuchel, or the club will risk further stagnation and another season in which they fail to challenge for the title.

He said on the Gary Neville Podcast: “I don’t think he (Rangnick) gets the job at the end of the season come what may now. 

“I think maybe there was a feeling if United went like that (points upwards) then that would happen – it isn’t going to happen, Manchester United will have a new manager next season.

“I think he will (have a say on who next manager will be) because what he’s got is a real good view of the characters, personalities, performance levels and training levels of the current group of players, so he is in a strong position to advise.

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“In the summer, Man Utd have got big appointments to make, namely the manager.

“The manager has got to be right next season to be able 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 will get beat up.

“It has been proven over the last few years that great managers in this league will bring you great things; Manchester United need a great manager to compete with the ones that are at that level in this league at this moment in time.”

Gary Pallister: Mauricio Pochettino is my “ideal” Man Utd manager

Man Utd legend Gary Pallister has thrown his weight behind heavily-linked Mauricio Pochettino for the permanent job, with the current PSG boss one of the major names, alongside Erik ten Hag, for the position when the current season comes to an end.

Speaking to Squawka on behalf of OLBG, the four-time Premier League winner said: “I was an advocate of Pochettino after Jose [Mourinho] was sacked and I think he ticks a lot of the boxes.

“He had an instant impact with Southampton and an instant impact with Tottenham.

“He created the best Tottenham side I’ve seen since the days of Glenn Hoddle, Steve Perryman, Pat Jennings and the like.

“A lot has been said about Tottenham having a weak underbelly and I believe he changed that.

“He plays with a bit of style, he wants to entertain, plays attacking and aggressive football, and I think he handles the press really well.

“I think you look at him as one of the top five managers in world football.

“I think Pochettino would be my ideal choice because he knows the Premier League and he’ll know what is expected from the Manchester United crowd. I think he could actually deliver that.”