Man Utd tipped to take ‘gamble’ on Simone Inzaghi with Gary Neville suggestion scoffed at | Football | Sport


Manchester United have been tipped to take a gamble and appoint Simone Inzaghi as their new permanent manager this summer. The Red Devils will be looking for a new boss when Ralf Rangnick steps aside at the end of the season to begin a behind-the-scenes consultancy role at Old Trafford.

United have endured another inconsistent campaign and face a battle just to finish in the top four of the Premier League. Previous boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was given his marching orders in the autumn after United hit a dismal run of form, while Rangnick’s time in charge has proved anything but fruitful.

In fact, United have struggled to find the right man to oversee the team ever since Sir Alex Ferguson called time on his illustrious management career in 2013. David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho all came and went with a whimper and United’s problems appear deep-rooted.

But former Liverpool hero Robbie Fowler says Inzaghi, who is currently in charge of Inter Milan, could be the answer to United’s problems. “You can see with Inter he has taken them on beyond the dour football of Antonio Conte, despite the club having financial problems,” Fowler wrote in The Mirror.

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“Honestly. C’mon. I’m not saying he’s anti-football, but some of the antics his team get up to, some of the horrible stuff they do, and the tactics they pursue. Not at Manchester United. The fans would be calling it out within weeks, and even if he actually won things with it, they wouldn’t put up with it for long.

“United have a certain expectation about how they should be playing, which was laid down by Sir Matt Busby and Ferguson. Simeone doesn’t fit with that. He doesn’t fit with anyone who loves football, he essentially exists to stop opponents playing football. Which no one should welcome.

“And that’s what I mean by identity. It’s not enough to be simply winning – even if it helps, obviously. Jose Mourinho found that out at Old Trafford. Clubs need a fit with a manager, as well as a winning team, and his philosophy didn’t fit.”

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