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‘He’s tough, and they need a tough manager’

MANCHESTER UNITED should go after Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone “brutal” because they need a “tough manager”.

That’s according to United legend Gary Neville, who thinks Simeone should be a contender after he led Atletico to a 2-1 aggregate victory, knocking the Red Devils out of the Champions League.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville insists his former club need a tough manager

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville insists his former club need a tough managerCredit: PA
Gary Neville claims Manchester United should buy Atletico Madrid, boss Diego Simeone

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Gary Neville claims Manchester United should buy Atletico Madrid, boss Diego SimeoneCredit: Getty

The Manchester giants are looking for a manager to take over after interim boss Ralf Rangnick switched to consulting in June.

United have been contacted by Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino, Ajax’s Erik ten Hag and Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel in search of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s long-term successor.

But Neville believes Simeone should be involved as he would pair up perfectly with the likes of Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp.

However, the football pundit admits Pochettino and Ten Hag will still be “the way forward” because of their progressive philosophy.

Neville told Sky Sports in a Q&A: “Diego Simeone should be a candidate, but it was never possible to get him out of Atletico Madrid.

“He got married there, he’s tied. But it would be great to see him in the Premier League, you saw on Tuesday night, I’ve seen that many times – I’ve been beaten 2 -0 in Valencia by his brilliant Atletico Madrid team [Antoine] Griezmann joined before he arrived at Barcelona.

“Great coach, brutal in the way he approaches the game, I think in every way. He’s a tough guy, and Manchester United need a tough manager.

“Manchester United need a coach who can compete with Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola – they are the best, so they need someone who can stand on that line and feel equal to them and I think Simeone maybe.

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“I wouldn’t rule out Simeone, but I think Ten Hag and Pochettino will be the way forward because they’ll want a progressive coach that plays a certain way, maybe a little cheaper and available.

“I don’t know how much it will cost to get Simeone to leave Atletico Madrid, but Manchester United will have to pay a huge amount.”

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