Ex Liverpool star tells Manchester United to shun Sir Alex Ferguson’s recommendation

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Manchester United have been unable to replace the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, and the club has struggled in the absence of Ferguson since 2013.

Manchester United will try to sign a permanent manager at the end of the season, and it’s been reported that Ferguson is tipping Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti to bring back success at Old Trafford.

However, former Liverpool winger Steve McManaman has urged United to shun a move for Ancelotti and rather go for Mauricio Pochettino or Erik ten Hag, and then back the appointed manager to succeed on the long term.

According to McManaman, the appointment of Ralf Rangnick has proven to be a mess, and a better decision should be taken at the end of the season.

“That wouldn’t be a good appointment for Manchester United,” McManaman told HorseRacing.net. ‘I don’t see the point of it.

“United need stability at the minute, they need to plan, and pick a good manager, give him time, and back him to a certain extent in what he wants to do with the players.

“If he wants to get rid of players, he needs to be backed. But they need some stability and they need it long-term.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen with Carlo at Real Madrid. It looks like he’s going to win the league so I’d be surprised if they get rid of him. A lot of it will depend on what happens in the Champions League.”

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Asked whether United should focus their efforts on landing Pochettino, the former England and Liverpool winger added: “I think he would strengthen Manchester United, but anybody would at the moment.

“I don’t mean that disrespectfully. They’re all over the place. They need to appoint ‘A Manager’ – and I’m not saying it’s Pochettino – and give them a little bit of strength and a little bit of stability.

“I feel sorry for Rangnick coming in because with this “interim appointment” until the end of the season and then him going upstairs, there are so many uncertainties that they’ve weakened his case as a manager.

“The way it’s been handled has been shambolic. If it was Poch, if it was Erik ten Hag, it would strengthen Manchester United’s case, the way they are.

“It’s just been a mess, really, and very unbecoming of them. I think they’ll be better regardless.

“Pochettino is a great manager. He’d suit Manchester United down to the ground. And then he could probably aim for Real Madrid later down the line.”