Man Utd legend Peter Schmeichel backs Steve Bruce to replace Solskjaer

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Peter Schmeichel has backed Steve Bruce for the Manchester United caretaker job

Peter Schmeichel has backed Steve Bruce for the Manchester United caretaker job (Picture: YouTube)

Manchester United hero and former Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce would be ‘fantastic’ for the interim job at Old Trafford, according to Peter Schmeichel.

The Red Devils are searching for a caretaker manager after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the aftermath of Saturday’s dismal 4-1 defeat to Watford.

Manchester United have held talks with former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde, while the likes of Laurent Blanc, Ralf Rangnick and Mark Hughes have also been linked with the position.

Schmeichel wants someone who ‘knows the club’ to take over until the end of the season – when Manchester United have a better chance of landing their top target Mauricio Pochettino – and says Bruce is a ‘fantastic’ candidate.

Bruce spent almost a decade at Old Trafford as a player – winning three Premier League titles in the 1990s – and has managed the likes of Newcastle United, Birmingham City, Sunderland, Hull City and Aston Villa over the past 20 years.

‘I would love to have somebody who comes in now to put pressure on the players,’ legendary goalkeeper Schmeichel told CBS after Manchester United’s 2-0 victory over Villarreal in the Champions League.

‘A new voice, get them out there performing. Without making massive changes in style, or system, or something that the next one, the real one, the one they really want, has to come in and then start over again.

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‘Work on defending, not conceding goals. You cannot concede the number of goals we are doing and anybody who goes in there would need to start with that.

‘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.

‘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.’

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