Why Manchester United decided against appointing Graham Potter from Brighton
Posted by  badge Boss on Aug 08
Graham Potter masterminded Brighton’s win against Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

opted against hiring Graham Potter because of the Brighton manager’s lack of experience.

Potter masteminded the Seagulls’ first Premier League victory at Old Trafford on Sunday as Erik ten Hag lost his first game in charge of the Red Devils.

The Englishman has earned rave reviews from the likes of for the work he’s done on the south coast, where he’s helped to turn Brighton into one of the most entertaining sides in the top flight.

Moves for and Marc Cucurella to Tottenham and Chelsea respectively are testament to Potter’s fine work and he has attracted attention from members of the top six.

United were one such interested party following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last year and the club listed Potter as a possible replacement for the Norwegian while Ralf Rangnick was in charge.

However, the Athletic report that United were unvoncinved about Potter’s credentials because of his lack of Champions League experience.

Ten Hag was selected because of his Champions League experience (Picture: Getty)

Though he became known for his work with Ostersund in the Europa League, Potter is yet to manage in Europe’s elite competition.

Ten Hag, by contrast, guided Ajax to the semi-finals in 2019 and they were seconds away from reaching the final, only to suffer heartbreak at the hands of Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham.

Ajax won all six of their group stage matches last term before suffering a surprise exit to Benfica.

Potter was on Tottenham’s radar following the sacking of Jose Mourinho but the club turned to Nuno Espirito Santo, before appointing Antonio Conte.

The 47-year-old has been put forward as a potential Arsenal manager given his attacking philosophy but Mikel Arteta has stabilised his tenure at the club.


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