Manchester United are finally interested in the best manager available

Manchester United has apparently added another manager to the pool of candidates to succeed Erik ten Hag this summer, just days after winning the FA Cup.

In the unlikely event that Manchester United fires ten Hag, Roberto De Zerbi has emerged as a surprising candidate to replace him, according to the Mail Sport.

According to the source, De Zerbi’s representatives were contacted this week by Red Devils executives over a possible trade.

Following Brighton’s 2-0 loss to Manchester United on the final day of the Premier League season, De Zerbi announced his resignation from the position.

De Zerbi is viewed by many Manchester United supporters as the best choice to take ten Hag’s spot. Those supporters are probably correct when you consider the managerial choices available.

Teams led by De Zerbi have a distinct offensive style of play. After two years of Erik ten Hag, Manchester United would be happy to see this.

The former Ajax manager frequently benched squads that had a well-defined strategy. Manchester United under Ten Hag had an appallingly weak defence as well.

The only team to allow more shots against them than the Red Devils was Sheffield United. Man Utd also permitted the fifth-highest amount of xG in the league.

Brighton under De Zerbi had the fewest average possession rates per game, behind only Manchester City, Tottenham, and Liverpool. One of the best ways to limit the opportunities of the opposition is to keep the ball, as we have all learnt from Pep Guardiola’s illustrious Barcelona squads.

Only Brighton’s opponents allowed less touches in their own defensive third: Man City, Liverpool, and Arsenal. In terms of xGA, shots permitted, and shot-creating actions allowed, the Seagulls also placed among the top seven. In every one of the aforementioned categories, Manchester United came in last.

Besides the numbers, De Zerbi is exactly the kind of figure Manchester United need right now.

The Sir Jim Ratcliffe era at Manchester United starts this summer. This new era should be led by a progressive, exciting manager, not by a manager Manchester United fans already know isn’t good enough.

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