Ralph Hasenhuttl responds when asked about the prospect of managing Manchester United

Sam Preston November 27, 2020
Ralph Hasenhuttl responds when asked about the prospect of managing Manchester United
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Southampton host Manchester United this weekend, looking to extend their unbeaten Premier League run to eight games.

The two sides drew both their meetings last season, with Michael Obafemi snatching a stoppage time winner last time out.

In his pre-match press conference, Ralph Hasenhuttl was asked about the prospect of managing United.

Hampshire Live mentioned Hasenhuttl as a potential future United boss – one day – but he dealt with the question with a straight bat.

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“It’s not really something that I listen to,” said Hasenhuttl. “I don’t read any social media or any other news.

“I am only interested in what happens at this club at the moment. I signed a long-term contract and this is a long-term project for me.

“We are improving this club, every part of the club and that’s something which gives me so much joy every day. I think there’s something special here growing at the moment and that’s why I want to stay here.”

Hasenhuttl was unequivocal and that should be music to the ears of Southampton fans.

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Hasenhuttl has done a sensational job at St Mary’s, restoring the identity of a club which had lost its way.

They sit five places and four points above United ahead of the weekend’s fixtures.

Hasenhuttl has brought a clear style of play to Southampton, which is something Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hasn’t been able to establish on a consistent basis.

Sunday provides him with another chance to show why he feels he’s onto such a good thing on the south coast.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.