Manchester United should recruit Brighton manager Graham Potter, Paul Merson says, but they will not because he is ‘not a household name’.
Following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure following a string of humiliating losses, the Red Devils chose Ralf Rangnick as temporary manager.
However, the German will remain at the club until the conclusion of the season, at which point United will need to choose a new manager.
Merson stated that the Seagulls leader is deserving of the job, claiming to be a huge supporter.
Merson told Sky Sports: ‘I am a huge fan of his.
‘I believe he plays excellent football.
‘If I were Manchester United, I would be keeping an eye on Potter.
The manner in which they play football.
They lack the caliber of Manchester United’s players.
But, they play excellent football.
‘If I were Manchester United.
I would keep an eye on him.
I would reason, ‘Why not go after him?’
However, the commentator believes United would pass on Potter as a permanent manager since he is not a household name among the supporters.
‘They will not, as he is not a big name.
That is all,’ he added.
‘At that point, Manchester United supporters will ask, “What are we recruiting someone from Brighton for?”
That is the way it works.
I believe he is exceptional.’
Marcel Brands, Everton’s previous director of football, allegedly wanted Potter to succeed Carlo Ancelotti last summer, but the Toffees chose Rafa Benitez.
The ominous choice culminated in sorrow at Goodison Park last Saturday, when the Merseyside Blues fired the former Liverpool boss following a 2-1 loss to Norwich.
However, with Brands no longer at the club, it appears Everton would not consider Potter to take over following Benitez’s departure, having allegedly offered Belgium coach Roberto Martinez an interim post.