Ralph Hasenhuttl has been talked up as being able to coach a ‘big team’ by Southampton defender Jan Bednarek amid speculation that he is on Manchester United’s shortlist. Speculation linking Hasenhuttl to Old Trafford intensified following the Saints’ impressive performance against United last weekend.
Southampton earned a very credible 1-1 draw against the Red Devils on Saturday.
Hasenhuttl exploited and later criticised United’s collective ability to track back and he is understood to have impressed the club’s hierarchy.
The Austrian has the added advantage of knowing Ralf Rangnick – the United interim head coach who will likely take up a consultancy role once a new boss is in place. The pair worked alongside each other at RB Leipzig.
And Poland defender Bednarek has added fuel to wide reports that Hasenhuttl is being considered by the 20-times English champions after Paul Scholes and Glenn Hoddle agreed that his appointment would ‘make sense’.
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“You can see with our performances against the biggest teams, he has got the idea and the philosophy of playing football that could suit a big team,” Bednarek said.
“If we keep going like this and keep performing like this, the big teams will look at him, and analyse the way he plays, the way he is managing the team.
“If they like him – I don’t see many things against that. Hopefully, I keep my fingers crossed, one day he will become the manager of some bigger team.”
Hasenhuttl will likely have lots of competition if he is considered for the United job. The Red Devils have been searching for a permanent boss since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s November dismissal.
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“I completely understand what’s going on. Sometimes in a positive way or a negative way. This type of thing cannot distract.
“Rumours are there. We need to live with that. We are so focused. I am so happy at Paris Saint-Germain.
“We cannot talk about [United’s interest] because of my respect towards my club.
“What another club is doing in this moment is not my business I’m not going to make the mistake to talk as we know everything we say will be taken out of context and misunderstood.”