Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino thinks that Manchester United should go for Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa if they sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Bielsa has done a brilliant job at Leeds since arriving in 2018, helping them earn promotion to the Premier League last season.

The Whites have made a fast start to life in the Premier League and sit ahead of Manchester United in the table, prompting Cascarino to link the Argentine with the hot seat at Old Trafford.

Asked who he would choose to replace Solskjaer if the Norwegian was to get sacked, he told talkSPORT (Saturday 7 November 08:29): “Why get the apprentice when you could get the master. I would go for Bielsa, just look what he has done at Leeds. But he is a loyal man and Leeds fans will probably tell me to shut up.

“If I knew I could get Bielsa, I wouldn’t consider anyone else. He gets every player he works with to overachieve.”

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Bielsa caused plenty of surprise when he agreed to join Leeds two and a half years ago, but a move to Old Trafford would be even more shocking.

As the Argentine has shown throughout his career, fit is incredibly important to him and he is a man of principle who values loyalty massively.

On the subject of Bielsa’s character, Argentine journalist Roman Iucht told Goal: “When he signed for Leeds I discovered a true hard worker, obsessed with details and above all a noble person with unbreakable values. That was what most surprised me, his values and unshakeable ethics. I began to understand the army of fans that follow him, even if I don’t agree with everything they say.”

He added: “He is a builder, not just a football coach. That means bringing players up from the youth sides, working long hours at the club, working hard and improving players through training, so players don’t feel they are players for just two or three hours a day.”

With all that said and from what we know of Bielsa and his relationship with Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani, it is impossible to see him quitting on this project half way through a season. Especially to go to Man United.

Bielsa is still undecided on when he will retire, but it is hard to see him walking away from Elland Road until he feels that he is no longer able to do the job to the best of his abilities.

Furthermore, with Mauricio Pochettino on the market, it is hard to imagine Manchester United not looking to the former Tottenham Hotspur boss.

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