Julian Nagelsmann would be considered as a viable replacement should Manchester United move on from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to reports.
The RB Leipzig boss has a glowing reputation at the age of 33 and despite being beaten 5-0 by United in the Champions League last month, he remains highly-rated across the continent.
United insisted on Thursday that Solskjaer retains their full support right now and that there had been no approach made for former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino in the wake of the defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir.
Julian Nagelsmann is reportedly an option if Manchester United make a managerial change
While United have backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he is under pressure after a dreadful week
United were abject against Arsenal and then to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League
But ESPN have revealed that Pochettino would not be the only man under consideration if Solskjaer is moved on, with interest in Nagelsmann.
A United called recent form ‘a bumpy patch’ following back-to-back defeats to Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir.
United are 15th in the Premier League table heading into Saturday’s lunch-time kick-off away at Everton.
Nagelsmann was humiliated 5-0 at Old Trafford but he is still seen as a generational talent
David Moyes, successor to Sir Alex Ferguson, was sacked following a dismal showing at Goodison Park and Solskjaer needs a response from his players to alleviate mounting pressure from supporters.
Pochettino is out of work and seems the obvious candidate but ESPN report that United chiefs have been impressed with Nagelsmann, who guided RB Leipzig to the semi-finals of the Champions League last season.
He breeds an attacking style of play and has shown a willingness at both Leipzig and Hoffenheim, his first managerial role, to place faith in young players.
Nagelsmann talked up Old Trafford to Sportsmail ahead of their 5-0 defeat, leading supporters to suggest the Leipzig boss is interested in any future vacancy.
‘I’ve never played in Old Trafford or been there. It will be a great experience,’ he said.
Solskjaer (right) heads into Saturday’s game at Everton with United slumped in 15th position
‘I watched a lot of games in the Theatre of Dreams and of Manchester United on television. Now to be part of the stadium will be perfect.
While Solskjaer leads the Premier League sack race odds, it would appear he is safe for now.
But the magic — the romantic notion of the club legend returning to lead his team out of the wilderness — is wearing thin.
Solskjaer is believed to have become more withdrawn at Carrington, spending more time than usual in the company of coach Kieran McKenna and their team of analysts. His No 2 Mike Phelan is also said to have an air of resignation about him.
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