Gary Neville urges United to make 'brutal' Simeone their next manager

‘He’s tough, and Manchester United need a tough manager’: Gary Neville urges Old Trafford chiefs to ‘pay big money’ and make ‘brutal’ Diego Simeone their next manager 

  • Gary Neville has insisted Manchester United should bring in Diego Simeone
  • Club chiefs are on the look out for a replacement for interim boss Ralf Rangnick
  • Simeone’s side defeated United in the last-16 of the Champions League

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has urged Manchester United to ‘pay big money’ in order to lure Diego Simeone away from Atletico Madrid.

The charismatic Argentinian helped Atletico defeat United 2-1 on aggregate in the Champions League, having secured a 1-0 win at Old Trafford last Tuesday.

Ralf Rangnick’s side were not short on endeavour but lacked the guile to break down Atletico’s trademark resilience as Renan Lodi’s far-post header four minutes before half-time sent the Spanish champions into the last eight.

Gary Neville has urged Manchester United to move for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone

He believes the Argentinian is on the same level as both Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp

Now, club legend Neville has insisted United should target Simeone and pay whatever it takes to get him.

‘Diego Simeone should be a candidate, but it’s never been achievable to get him out of Atletico Madrid.

‘He is wedded in there, he is tied. But it would be brilliant to see him in the Premier League, you saw on Tuesday night, I’ve seen it many times – I got beaten 2-0 in Valencia by his brilliant Atletico Madrid team that Griezmann was in before he went to Barcelona.

‘Fantastic coach, brutal in how he approaches the game, I think in every single way. He’s tough, and Manchester United need a tough manager.

United have been linked with Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino, Ajax’s Erik ten Hag and most recently Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.

Neville insists United need a boss who is able to lock horns with the likes of Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp.

United boss Ralf Rangnick will take up a consultancy role at the end of the current campaign

Simeone, 51, helped his side past United to progressed to the Champions League last-eight

‘Manchester United need a manager who can compete with Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola – they’re the best, so they need someone who can stand on that touchline and feel equal to them and I think Simeone could.

‘I wouldn’t rule Simeone out at all, but I think Ten Hag and Pochettino would be the way forward because they’ll want a progressive coach that plays a certain way, that probably is a little bit cheaper and available.

‘I don’t know how much it would cost to get Simeone out of Atletico Madrid, but Manchester United would have to pay big money.’

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