Ralph Hasenhuttl had his name thrown into the mix to become the next Manchester United manager on Saturday and the Austrian has already outlined the first change he would make if he made the move to Old Trafford.
United legend Paul Scholes and former England manager Glenn Hoddle have suggested Hasenhuttl as a potential candidate to replace Ralf Rangnick.
Hasenhuttl’s Southampton side held United to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.
After the match, he spoke to the media about the issues he sees in Rangnick’s team.
And he claimed tracking back is clearly not one of their strengths at present.
“It’s not a big secret that when they lose the ball the reverse gears are not the best from everyone,” Hasenhuttl said.
“The first half they have shown that they can play well against the ball, they had some good ball wins but the longer the game was going the more they are cheating then in the first line, and then you can play over this first line and you have space then, and you have the chance to create something, and this is what we did.”
Ahead of the match, Hoddle and Scholes were discussing the potential of Hasenhuttl taking over at United.
Hasenhuttl knows Rangnick well from their time together at RB Leipzig and Hoddle can see it working.
He said on BT Sport: “Would that not be a good fit? For me, if they’ve [Rangnick and Hasenhuttl] worked so closely together, if he’s going to be the sporting director eventually – that works.
“Southampton will want to keep him, of course, they would, because he’s doing such a very good job with the players that he’s got there. He’s doing an excellent job. If he wanted it, it would make sense.”
Scholes admitted he is a fan of Hasenhuttl’s style of play though admits it would be a different task than what he currently faces at St Mary’s.
Scholes said: “I’ve always thought the football he plays at Southampton with not the best squad, the type of football has worked for them.
“His teams have been good to watch; I think it comes across really well.
“This would be a different kind of pressure; I think people around this club, and fans especially, are thinking more of possibly Pochettino or an Antonio Conte and what people have been at the bigger clubs.
“The more I think about it, I don’t think it would be a bad thing. The way he goes about his business, he looks good.”