Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa will not be considered by Manchester United to be Jose Mourinho’s successor at Old Trafford, according to Sun reporter Alan Nixon.
The reliable journalist was asked whether or not the 63-year-old will be on the radar of the Premier League giants after Mourinho was axed on Tuesday, to which he responded on his personal Twitter account with an emphatic “no”.
Even though Bielsa was only hired by Leeds in the summer, the Argentine has already been linked to other jobs, with Fox Sports reporting in August that he rejected the chance to manage the Mexico national team.
You know what, it wouldn’t be totally ridiculous for Manchester United to want Bielsa. Obviously Leeds would not entertain the idea of letting the Argentine leave Elland Road to a fierce rival while they are sitting top of the Championship table, but Bielsa would actually be a very good replacement for Mourinho in the hotseat at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson admitted in 2012 that he was a fan of Bielsa during his time in charge of Athletic Bilbao, and since the start of this season, the ex-Chile manager has proved that he is able to get teams playing well in England football. Man United will obviously go for someone else but their fanbase should not be concerned if Bielsa does crop up on their shortlist. Not only is he the best manager in the Championship, he is also better than a lot of those in the Premier League right now. It really was extraordinary how Andrea Radrizzani managed to hire him in the summer.