Roy Keane tells Manchester United to appoint Diego Simeone as manager in the summer because ‘he doesn’t mess around with players’ as the Red Devils plan for life after Ralf Rangnick’s spell as interim boss
- Ralf Rangnick is not expected to take the permanent Man Utd job this summer
- Old Trafford chiefs therefore need to find a replacement for the interim manager
- Roy Keane believes Diego Simeone would be the perfect man for his old club
- The Atletico Madrid boss is the ‘right kind of character’ for United, says Keane
- He has urged United to ‘get the right manager’ when Rangnick’s stint ends
Roy Keane has pinpointed Diego Simeone as the ideal appointment for Manchester United this summer after urging his former club to ‘get the right manager’ when Ralf Rangnick’s interim stint comes to an end.
Rangnick has somewhat steadied the ship since taking temporary charge of United back in December, suffering just one defeat in 16 games and keeping their Premier League top-four hopes alive.
Yet come the end of the season, the German is expected to step out of his role as first-team manager and shift into a sporting director position upstairs.
Roy Keane has pinpointed Diego Simeone as the ideal appointment for Manchester United
Old Trafford officials will therefore need to appoint a new permanent boss in the summer, and Keane has told the club in no uncertain terms to go and get the manager they want.
‘You go and get the manager you want,’ the former United captain told The Mirror. ‘You should go and get the right manager you think is right for your club.
‘People say ‘oh, somebody’s tied up with a club’. But if you really want a manager – and that’s what it’s like when you really want a player – you go and get him.
‘Never mind making excuses saying he’s not available for two years. You pay fortunes for players, so why not a manager?
Current interim boss Ralf Rangnick is expected to move into a director role in the summer
Keane has urged his former club to go and ‘get the right manager’ no matter what it takes
‘I don’t care who’s under contract; if you think he’s the right manager for Manchester United, well you go and get him.
‘You go and pay the money whoever it might be. They’ve got to go and get the right manager.’
PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino has been heavily linked with the United job in recent weeks, while Ajax’s Erik ten Hag and Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers are also believed to be on the club’s radar.
However, following their 1-1 draw away at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday, Keane has pointed to Atletico Madrid boss Simeone as a potential appointment.
And the former United midfielder believes Atletico Madrid boss Simeone would be perfect
‘Maybe Simeone, he’s the right kind of character,’ he continued.
‘He’s having a difficult spell with Atletico. His race has maybe run with them.
‘Simeone, go and get him, he’s a big character. He’s done great things. He’s a great character, a big personality. He doesn’t mess around with players. Maybe someone like him coming into the club could work.
‘It can soon change. I don’t think it’s all doom and gloom, there’s still good things going on at United, but they’ve got to get the manager. If the manager is not right, then the rest will just fall apart.’