Julian Nagelsmann opens up on Man Utd as potential Solskjaer successor lauds Red Devils

Julian Nagelsmann is excited to visit Old Trafford for the first time tomorrow when he brings his RB Leipzig side to the UK to take on Manchester United in the Champions League.

Nagelsmann, 33, is one of Europe’s brightest young coaches and has been tipped by some to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the United hotseat.

The German coach guided his Bundesliga outfit into the Champions League semi-finals last term.

It will be even more difficult to do likewise this time around as he has lost influential scorer Timo Werner to Chelsea.

Leipzig are also in a group of death alongside Paris Saint-Germain, United and Istanbul Basaksehir.

Leipzig top the group following an opening-round 2-0 win over the Turkish side, while United are second having beaten PSG.

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It sets up for an exciting showdown when the two go head-to-head on Wednesday night.

Nagelsmann told the Daily Mail: “I’ve never played in Old Trafford or been there. It will be a great experience.

“I watched a lot of games in the Theatre of Dreams and of Manchester United on television. Now to be part of the stadium will be perfect.

“Bayern Munich v Manchester United, for example, the final when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored. Ryan Giggs did a lot of big games for Manchester United, Paul Scholes, Ruud Van Nistelrooy … a lot of players. I watched nearly every game of Manchester United 10 years ago, when I was a younger guy and a player.

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“I watched not only English football but also Serie A, Primera Divison. I wanted to become a professional so it was important to watch games and look at what the best players in Europe do.

“Sir Alex Ferguson had a long and very successful time for Manchester United so it was also interesting to watch him, what he changed from one season to the next.

“I know there will be no fans so that’s hard. When there will be fans it will be more of a bigger experience. But if we win the game in the Theatre of Dreams it will be perfect.”

United’s surprising victory at the Parc des Princes in the previous round will play no part in Leipzig’s preparations.

“When I analyse an opponent I do not look at the results,” Nagelsmann said. “I try to find out how they score goals, concede, build up play, counter attack, counter-press, other things.

“So the result doesn’t count for much. In the end I don’t think any of my players will say Man U is not that good.

“We know that their start was not that good but, at the end, it is one of the biggest clubs in the world, a big name in European football and the Champions League.”

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