Merson: Man Utd ‘missed a trick’ not appointing Prem boss


Paul Merson hasn’t been convinced by Ralf Rangnick and believes they missed a trick not appointing Brighton manager Graham Potter.

Rangnick hasn’t set the world alight since taking over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, struggling to turn around performances and reports emerging of dressing room discontent.  

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The German boss is in interim charge until the end of the season but Merson believes the United hierarchy made a mistake not bringing in Potter.

Speaking in his Daily Star column, Merson said: “Manchester United are missing a trick overlooking Graham Potter – and so is the rest of the Premier League.

“He’s not going to be the next United manager. But say Brighton win the FA Cup this season, surely he’s going to get offered a bigger job?

“It’s like English managers don’t exist for the big clubs so they’re hardly ever given a chance at the big jobs.

“But I think Potter is a great manager. Brighton gave Chelsea the absolute run-around the other week, went to Everton and won. They play nice football too.

“He’s definitely got it. Didn’t Pep Guardiola call him the best young coach in the country? What if he wins the FA Cup this season? Then his stock goes majorly through the roof.

“Brighton haven’t won anything in god knows how long but they’re not going down this season and should be prioritising an FA Cup run.

“If Potter somehow takes them all the way and lifts the trophy, he’s off to a bigger job for sure.

“I watch Brighton play football and think why couldn’t he be United manager? Is it because it’s only Brighton and he’s not a name, not a foreign manager?

“I don’t see why he couldn’t manage United. They play great football, Brighton. Imagine if he had players like United do at his disposal!

“But you know it won’t happen. He’s not fashionable. But if I was a United fan I’d be watching Brighton thinking I wouldn’t mind that kind of football at Old Trafford.”

Merson continued by criticising the current United boss, claiming things haven’t got any better than when Solskjaer was in charge at Old Trafford.

“I’m not sure about Ralf Rangnick at all. He’s come in and everyone’s talking about him like he’s invented football and is some sort of genius.

“United are as bad as they were under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer! Nothing’s changed has it? Let’s be honest.

“What’s wrong at United? Everything! I’m watching the Wolves game the other day and he’s playing Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic in midfield.

“But they’re getting run ragged by Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves – and the manager sits and watches it and does nothing for 60 minutes, without changing a thing.

“Moutinho is 35 years old and he’s running the show against United. At Old Trafford. He was the best player on the pitch. Everything is wrong at the moment.”

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