Ian Holloway says Marcelo Bielsa could be Manchester United’s manager

General views of the stadium ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United v Aston Villa at Elland Road on December 3, 2016 in Leeds, England.

Marcelo Bielsa is doing a brilliant job at Leeds United.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa watches on  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 11, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Ian Holloway has suggested to The Express that Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa could be the new Manchester United manager.

Holloway, who has managed clubs such as Queens Park Rangers, Millwall and Crystal Palace in his career, rates Bielsa highly.


“He’s a genius Bielsa, undoubtedly, I said it before the start of the season,” Holloway told The Express.

“I couldn’t wait to see the balance between Frank Lampard, who has just started and is learning, and Bielsa who could be Manchester United’s manager.

“I think he singled out Leeds because of the new fair play rules, you’re only going to be able to spend a certain amount of money very soon and Leeds will be a big, big club again very, very soon.”

Marcelo Bielsa, manager of Leeds United arrives ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on January 01, 2019 in Nottingham, England.

Leeds United success

Bielsa was appointed the Leeds head coach in the summer of 2018, and the West Yorkshire outfit have been superb so far this season.

Leeds are at the top of the Championship table at the moment, and there is a good chance that the Whites could end up winning automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Manchester United move?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in charge of Manchester United at the moment and will remain the manager of the Red Devils until the end of the season.

Bielsa would be a brilliant appointment for United, but it is hard to see the Premier League club’s chiefs opt for the Leeds head coach.

Moreover, if Leeds win promotion to the Premier League, then Bielsa himself may not be interested in switching clubs.

Ian Holloway ,manager of Birmingham looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham City at Loftus Road on April 28, 2018 in London, England.

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch