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.
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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