English football journalist and commentator David Preece has revealed that Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has been mooted as a possible man to take charge at Manchester United on a permanent basis.
Bielsa took over at Elland Road as Leeds United manager in the summer and has since led The Whites to the top of the Championship table.
— Barry O’Mahony (@barryomahony4) December 31, 2018
The Red Devils, who sacked Jose Mourinho as club manager two weeks ago after his poor performance, have appointed their legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim manager until the end of the season.
But Preece believes Bielsa will permanently replace the Portuguese boss at Old Trafford, although, Solskjaer is currently doing well.
Leeds under Marcelo Bielsa in the Championship:
Top of the Championship 🔝
Most points won (48)
Most away points won (24)
Most chances created (314)
Most shots (351)
Most passes (11704)
Highest average share of possession (59.2%)
Second youngest average played used (24.8 years) pic.twitter.com/a1J8mpHH4V
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) December 25, 2018
Preece said on the Football Writers Podcast: “I don’t think he [Bielsa] would go, but I’m surprised that anybody else hasn’t mentioned it because if you can’t get [Pep] Guardiola and you can’t get [Mauricio] Pochettino, who do you get? Who’s close to that?”
“Too much of a loose cannon? Maybe, I mean he hasn’t really been given a club like Manchester United to hold the reins of, but I mean look at him now though.”
“He’s top of the Championship now, he’s so reluctant to bring any players in, he’s playing players who are 17 and 18 years old.”
“I think Leeds are perfect for him because Leeds are still an old-fashioned club, still feels like a real club.”
“He seems to be the person who’s doing it at the moment but I just think it’s strange it hasn’t even been mentioned.”
🔴 @ManUtd under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer:
🏟 3 Games
⚽ 12 Goals Scored
✅ 9 Points
🤯 5 goals scored in a match for the 1st time since Sir Alex Ferguson left.
🔥 3+ goals scored in opening 3 @PremierLeague matches for first time in club history.
🇳🇴 The Ole Gunnar Effect. pic.twitter.com/tsrd7cHuAA
— SPORF (@Sporf) December 30, 2018
Solskjaer has led United to three successive victories in which they have scored 12 goals, while they prepare to take on Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Wednesday.