Redknapp believes that Steve Bruce should’ve been given the Old Trafford job.
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp believes that Hull City boss Steve Bruce would’ve been the best man for the Old Trafford post this summer, report the Mirror, despite the fact that the role was eventually handed to Louis van Gaal, one of the most decorated managers of his generation.
Bruce did a fine job for Hull City last season after returning the Tigers to the Premier League, leading them to European qualification for the first time ever following an FA Cup final defeat to Manchester City – although that adventure ended prematurely when they were shocked by Belgian minnows Lokeren in the qualifying rounds.
Despite this, however, Redknapp believes that Bruce should’ve been in contention for the position at a club where he was a legend as a player, but that the fact he is British counted against him:
“Louis van Gaal couldn’t have done a better job with Hull City than Steve Bruce did last year.”
“Yet did his heroics in the League and FA Cup create even a ripple at Old Trafford? Was Steve, a great competitor and wonderful player for United, even considered for the Manchester United job?”
Following the sacking of David Moyes after United’s chronic underachievement last season, United embarked on a search for their new man, before deciding on Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal, who has enjoyed successful spells at clubs as diverse as Ajax, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and AZ Alkmaar throughout his career – although how well he would do as manager of Hull City we will never know!