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The Athletic: Man United now weighing up “unique” manager who was overlooked by Liverpool


Oliver Kay of The Athletic has stated that Manchester United is thinking of replacing Erik ten Hag this summer by bringing in former Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi.

The 45-year-old, who amicably ended his contract with the Seagulls last month, stated that he wanted to resume his career in England, and it appears that United may present him with another chance.

The story claims that Liverpool passed on De Zerbi during their manager search last month in favour of hiring former Feyenoord manager Arne Slot.

After Brighton finished sixth in the 2022–2023 season and earned a spot in the Europa League, the Italian coach led the team to its best-ever league finish. Despite a season marred by injuries, he finished 11th in the Premier League the previous year and chose to leave the Amex Stadium after joining from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2022.

Chelsea reportedly gave De Zerbi some thought before to appointing Leicester manager Enzo Maresca, who agreed to a five-year contract last month.

De Zerbi ‘Under Consideration’ at Man United

After Liverpool overlooked him

Kay, writing for The Athletic, suggested De Zerbi, as well as Thomas Tuchel, were both snubbed by Liverpool in their manager search:

“De Zerbi? An excellent coach again, but one Liverpool overlooked (along with Tuchel) in part because they feared he was too combustible to work within their structure.

“The rancour and discord that precipitated his departure from Brighton & Hove Albion suggested he too would be an unlikely fit for the new regime at United. And still, he is one of the names under consideration.”


De Zerbi, who was called ‘unique’ by Pep Guardiola, remains one of the few candidates to take over at Man United after both Tuchel and Kieran McKenna have dropped out of the race.

Tuchel, according to Fabrizio Romano, has decided to take a break from management this summer despite meeting United’s representatives recently. Ipswich boss McKenna, meanwhile, has extended his contract with the Premier League returnees despite interest from United.

Roberto De Zerbi’s managerial record with Brighton
Matches 89
Wins 38
Draws 20
Losses 31
Points per match 1.51

Ex-Chelsea Boss ‘Ready’ for Man United Job

Anticipates return to management

Following his departure from the Chelsea Blues last month, former manager Mauricio Pochettino has expressed interest in rejoining the team, Fabrizio Romano of GIVEMESPORT has learned.

In light of Ten Hag’s uncertain future, the Argentine manager is said to be “more than ready” if Manchester United approached him this summer.

After Chelsea had a rough start to the season, the 52-year-old led the team to sixth place in the league the previous year, but he was unable to persuade Todd Boehly to continue at Stamford Bridge.

Pochettino is currently regarded as one of the few contenders left in the competition for the Manchester United position, along with De Zerbi and England manager Gareth Southgate.

The Red Devils are anticipated to make an announcement regarding their selection in the coming days.



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