Diego Simeone explains Man Utd’s weaknesses and why they can’t attract top managers

The Argentina manager watched his side narrowly lose to Manchester City in the first leg of this week’s Champions League quarter-finals after getting past United in the round of 16

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Atlético Madrid Boss Diego Simeone has explained what Manchester United are missing, what ‘all managers’ want in their team.

The Argentine led his side to victory over United last month Champions League Round of 16 draw against United, who are without a permanent coach. However, Simeone this week noted how United are lagging behind city rivals manchester city, Who on Tuesday won the first leg of the quarterfinals 1-0 against Atleti thanks to Kevin De Bruyne’s second-half strike.

Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag, 52, met with United bosses last month to discuss becoming their new manager and is believed to be the front runner to take on the job permanently this summer. However, he was discouraged from taking the job by former United boss and compatriot Louis van Gaal.

Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino is also in the running. Pochettino was initially the favorite for the United Work as reported in February. Mirror Football was later revealed that the Argentine was the preferred candidate among the players in United’s dressing room. Pochettino has also met with United officials, following the club’s talks with Ten Hag.

Simeone – who has been on United’s radar previously over the possibility of him taking over the Old Trafford hotseat – has now spoken out about how the club are lagging behind their domestic rivals. Ahead of this week’s Etihad clash, the Atleti boss told reporters: “United had different qualities than City. They are more direct and faster. City are more positional and they handle things well in all areas. We need to improve on that and get better at the good things we did (against United).

“What I like most about teams like City is the effort they put in to win back the ball and keep going attacking. It’s nice to watch them. They’re developing because they have great players, but what me wakes up are the important things.” Sterling, De Bruyne. They are always active and never let a ball get lost. All managers want that.”

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Simeone celebrated his side’s 1-0 win at Old Trafford last month

United will step up talks to appoint a new permanent manager in the coming weeks, with Ralf Rangnick’s interim role coming to an end at the end of the campaign. The German will then take on a two-year advisory role within the club hierarchy, although the details of that role are still unclear and Rangnick’s role in the appointment of a new manager is also uncertain.

Ten Hag and Pochettino are now frontrunners for the position, while other candidates such as Spain boss Luis Enrique and Sevilla’s Julen Lopetegui are no longer seen as serious contenders for the role.

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