Paul Merson suggests perfect alternative to Mauricio Pochettino as next Man Utd manager

Paul Merson believes Manchester United should take a gamble on Brighton manager Graham Potter
Paul Merson believes Manchester United should take a gamble on Brighton manager Graham Potter (Picture: Sky Sports)

Paul Merson has advised Manchester United to swerve the big-name candidates to become their next manager and take a gamble on Brighton’s Graham Potter.

Ralf Rangnick was placed in interim charge following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking at the end of November, but the German is set to take up a consultancy role at the end of the season.

United’s hierarchy will, therefore, be tasked with appointing a fifth permanent manager since Alex Ferguson’s decision to retire in 2013.

Graham Potter has done an outstanding job at Brighton
Graham Potter has done an outstanding job at Brighton (Picture: Getty)

The likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag appear to be the leading contenders, but Arsenal legend Merson believes United should take a chance on the unfashionable Potter.

The 46-year-old cut his managerial teeth at Swedish club Ostersunds before spending a solitary season with Swansea. Potter joined Brighton in the summer of 2019 helping establish the south coast team as a settled Premier League club, renowned for playing flowing, attacking football.

Mereson told Sky Sports: ‘I’m a big fan of his, he plays brilliant football. If I was Manchester United I’d be watching Potter. The way they play their football, they haven’t got the quality of Manchester United players and they play this great football.

‘If I was Manchester United I would be monitoring. I’d be thinking why not go for him. They won’t because he’s not a name. It’s as simple as that.

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‘The fans will go ‘what are we getting someone from Brighton for?’ But for me I think he was outstanding.’

Reflecting on Brighton’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace last night, Merson added: ‘It was like watching a rerun of last season’s game. Brighton slaughtered them and then they needed a last minute goal.

‘Good football, good manager and he gets the best out of the players. Imagine if he was at Manchester United with that quality of player, they play a great style of football.’

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