Gary Neville names ‘tough’ manager Manchester United should appoint as new boss

Gary Neville names 'tough' manager Manchester United should appoint as new boss

Former England defender Gary Neville has urged Manchester United to appoint ‘tough’ Diego Simeone in the summer as their new manager.

Man United are expected to announce their new manager at the end of the season following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November after a poor run of games.

United hired Ralf Rangnick on a temporary basis in December to steady the ship at Old Trafford but so far, the German boss has endured a rollercoaster experience, hence why he isn’t touted as the top choice to become United’s next permanent boss.

Though Manchester United have been strongly linked with moves to appoint Erik ten Hag of Ajax and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino, Gary Neville believes Diego Simeone should be considered too.

United crashed out of the Champions League this week after losing 1-0 Atletico Madrid at Old Trafford, which was masterminded by Simeone.

He told Sky Sports: “Diego Simeone should be a candidate, but it’s never been achievable to get him out of Atletico Madrid.

Gary Neville wants Manchester United to appoint Diego Simeone as new manager
Gary Neville wants Manchester United to appoint Diego Simeone as new manager

“He is wedded in there, he is tied. But it would be brilliant to see him in the Premier League, you saw on Tuesday night, I’ve seen it many times – I got beaten 2-0 in Valencia by his brilliant Atletico Madrid team that Griezmann was in before he went to Barcelona.

“Fantastic coach, brutal in how he approaches the game, I think in every single way. He’s tough, and Manchester United need a tough manager.

Manchester United need a manager who can compete with Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola – they’re the best, so they need someone who can stand on that touchline and feel equal to them and I think Simeone could.

“I wouldn’t rule Simeone out at all, but I think Ten Hag and Pochettino would be the way forward because they’ll want a progressive coach that plays a certain way, that probably is a little bit cheaper and available.

“I don’t know how much it would cost to get Simeone out of Atletico Madrid, but Manchester United would have to pay big money.”