Hasenhuttl plays down links of him replacing Solskjaer at Man United

Ralph Hasenhuttl plays down links of replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United as Austrian claims there is ‘something special growing’ at Southampton

  • Ralph Hasenhuttl has been linked with the Manchester United manager’s job 
  • Reports earlier this month also linked former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino 
  • They came with United inconsistent under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season
  • But the Austrian insisted he wants to fulfill his commitment to Southampton

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has dismissed suggestions that he is in line to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.

The 53-year-old Austrian has recently been linked as an alternative to former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to take over from the Norwegian at the Old Trafford helm.

Reports earlier this month were rife with claims that Solskjaer was coming to the end of his tenure after another inconsistent start to the season following defeats to Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir.

Ralph Hasenhuttl has played down suggestions linking him with the Manchester United job

The Austrian was linked with replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer due to United’s inconsistency

But ahead of the Saints’ meeting with United on Sunday, Hasenhuttl played down the links to the Red Devils’ hot seat and reiterated his commitment to fulfilling his St Mary’s deal, which runs until 2024.

‘It is not really something I listen to,’ said Hasenhuttl when quizzed on speculation over his future. 

‘I find myself listening to the radio when they talk about football, it is interesting to hear.

Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was also heavily linked with the post this month

But Hasenhuttl dismissed the links and expressed his commitment to his deal at Southampton

‘My only interest is what happens at this club. I signed a long-term contract, the way we are improving this club gives me so much joy. I think there is something special growing here.’

Hasenhuttl signed a new four-year contract in June, having taken charge at St Mary’s in December 2018 with the club in the relegation zone.

Solskjaer meanwhile expressed his admiration towards his Southampton opposite number ahead of their clash and drew a slight comparison with a Premier League winning manager.

‘It is similar to when Jurgen [Klopp] came to Liverpool. He likes pressing, front foot, aggressive,’ Solskjaer said.

Hasenhuttl signed a new four-year deal back in June after taking charge in December 2018

‘They are difficult to play against if you dwell on the ball. Very interesting to watch their progress under Ralph.

‘I am a big admirer of the physical attributes they have in their team.’

The constant speculation around Solskjaer’s future comes with the Norwegian one of the bookies’ favourites for the sack race along with West Brom’s Slaven Bilic and Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder.

The former United striker was facing Betfair odds of 9/4 earlier this week following an indifferent start to the season which sees United sat outside the top half of the table before this weekend’s fixtures.

Solskjaer said the Saints are similar to Liverpool when Jurgen Klopp first arrived at the club

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