Man Utd eye Julian Nagelsmann as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replacement despite thumping RB Leipzig 5-0 in Champions League

MANCHESTER UNITED are eyeing up Julian Nagelsmann as a potential replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to reports.

That is despite the Red Devils thumping his RB Leipzig 5-0 in the Champions League last month.

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Solskjaer may insist he is the right man for the job but is under increasing pressure to keep his position following a run of poor results and performances.

That included a shock 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir as United's defence was heavily criticised again.

Now ESPN report the Old Trafford club are considering Nagelsmann as an option.

Mauricio Pochettino, currently out of work, would also be high on Ed Woodward's wish list should they axe Solskjaer.

Max Allegri, Ralph Hasenhuttl, Lauren Blanc and Diego Simeone are also among the favourites with the bookmakers.

But Nagelsmann, still only 33, has earned himself plenty of plaudits in recent years.

Appointed Hoffenheim boss at the age of just 28, he took them from relegation candidates to qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in the club's history within 15 months.

The German manager was poached by RB Leipzig in 2019 on a four-year deal and took them to the Champions League semi-finals last season, beating Tottenham and Atletico Madrid before falling to Paris Saint-Germain.

But his side came unstuck when they travelled to Old Trafford at the end of October, shipping five goals including three to Marcus Rashford.

However, they responded to that battering by beating PSG this week to join United on six points from three games in Group H.

However, reports in October suggested United may face competition from across town.

With Pep Guardiola's contract expiring next summer, Manchester City may consider Nagelsmann or Pochettino to take over at the Etihad should the Spaniard opt against signing an extension.

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