Manchester United should seriously consider appointing Southampton’s “genius” manager Ralph Hasenhuttl as their next manager, according to one pundit.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has endured a mixed time at Old Trafford since stepping into his current role. Indeed, after his stunning initial impact as interim boss, the Red Devils then faded away.
However, after another less-than-average showing for much of last season, Solskjaer’s men succeeded with a late push for Champions League qualification.
And while United have again endured mixed form this term, talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook believes Hasenhuttl has already proven he could impress at the Old Trafford helm.
Indeed, Crook noted the Saints‘ form since last season’s 9-0 drubbing at home to Leicester.
“With my south coast hat on you’ve got to praise Ralph Hasenhuttl – King Ralph as I’ve christened him – because I thought it was a tactical masterclass against Everton,” he said.
“The one positive from the behind-closed-doors experience is you get to hear exactly what’s being said on the pitch and from the coaching staff, and he cajoled that team, he encouraged his Southampton side from the first minute to the last.
“It was a coaching masterclass, they were well-drilled, they knew how to negate Everton’s strengths, he had Danny Ings dropping into midfield much like Harry Kane has done for Tottenham in recent weeks.
“I would take Ralph at Manchester United tomorrow. I think he’s a genius.”
Hasenhuttl has bounced back
Crook added: “You know why? On this day a year ago, exactly a year to the day, Southampton lost 9-0 at home to Leicester. There aren’t many managers who would have bounced back from that.
“And not only has he bounced back, he’s gone from a position of strength now, they’ve got the eighth best record in the Premier League since that 9-0, and it’s the same group of players.”
Southampton’s win over Everton last weekend saw the Austrian manager topple the previously unbeaten Premier League leaders.
What’s more, they sit only three points off top spot after six games.