Peter Schmeichel backs Steve Bruce for the Manchester United interim job as he claims his former team-mate and recently-axed Newcastle boss would ‘fantastic’ for the role
- Peter Schmeichel has backed Steve Bruce for the Manchester United interim job
- Schmeichel wants ‘somebody who know the club’ to take charge of United next
- Bruce was axed by Newcastle last month after their unbeaten start to the season
Peter Schmeichel has backed Steve Bruce to become Manchester United’s interim manager and he reckons the former Newcastle boss would be ‘fantastic’ for the role.
The Red Devils are on the hunt for a new manager after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over the weekend following their humiliating 4-1 loss to Watford.
Bruce is reportedly ‘very keen’ on taking the role on an interim basis and he now has the backing of his former team-mate Schmeichel, who wants ‘somebody who knows the club’.
Steve Bruce (pictured) has been backed to become Manchester United’s interim manager
Peter Schmeichel reckons his former team-mate Bruce would make a ‘fantastic’ appointment
Speaking on CBS Sport, the former United goalkeeper said: ‘I just like the idea, if it is an interim, get somebody who knows the club. Get somebody who is known by the club as well.
‘Somebody like Steve Bruce, that would be fantastic.
‘I would love to have somebody who comes in now to put pressure on the players.
‘A new voice, get them out there performing. Without making massive changes in style, or system.
‘You have to take small steps, you can’t just jump straight in and say we are going to play a pressing game.
‘You can’t do that, the first thing you have to do is give confidence to everybody in the team.’
When asked whether he would take the role himself, Schmeichel replied: ‘Of course I would do it. I would do anything for that club. I think Ronaldo would definitely listen to a goalkeeper.’
Schmeichel (centre) and Bruce (left) enjoyed plenty of success together at Manchester United
Michael Carrick took charge of United as they beat Villarreal 2-0 on Tuesday evening
Bruce was sacked by Newcastle following their winless start to the season. He has managed the likes of Hull City, Sunderland, Birmingham City and Aston Villa in a career that has spanned over 20 years.
Prior to that, he played over 300 games for United between 1987 and 1996 and enjoyed a lot of success alongside Schmeichel himself.
Michael Carrick took charge of the team as they qualified for knockout stages of the Champions league with a 2-0 win over Villarreal.
The likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Zinedine Zidane, Laurent Blanc, Ernesto Valverde and Ralf Rangnick have all been linked with the United vacancy but it still remains to be seen who they will opt for.
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