Man United rejected PL manager twice before his appointment at London club

Chelsea manager Graham Potter was rejected twice by Manchester United last season

Manchester United had the chance to sign then Brighton & Hove Albion manager Graham Potter twice last season. However, the Red Devils rejected the opportunity to appoint the now Chelsea boss.

United were in need of a manager twice last season. First, when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked first. At that time, Ralf Rangnick was appointed interim boss. Then the Red Devils needed a permanent manager to replace the German and the club chose Erik ten Hag.

On both occasions, United turned down the chance to get Potter into the Old Trafford Dugout, according to The Athletic (h/t The Sun). And now, the 47-year-old head coach takes charge of the Blues after Thomas Tuchel’s dismissal.

Chelsea manager Graham Potter was rejected twice by Manchester United last season./
Manchester United rejected the opportunity to appoint Chelsea boss Graham Potter as manager last season. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Potter has never managed a top side in Europe. He made a name for himself at Ostersunds in Sweden, where he spent seven years. The English manager then came back to his home country to take charge of Swansea and then took the reins at Brighton in 2019.

United opted for Ten Hag before the end of last season. The Dutch manager had a successful tenure at Ajax and spent almost five years with the Eredivisie side, playing modern football.

During pre-season, fans saw encouraging signs from the team after a disappointing 2021/22 campaign. The Dutch manager had the side playing possession-based football in the friendlies.

Chelsea manager Graham Potter was rejected twice by Manchester United last season.
Erik ten Hag has impressed in his time at Manchester United. (Photo by MARTIN KEEP/AFP via Getty Images)

However, Ten Hag’s first few competitive games in the Old Trafford dugout did not go as planned. First, Potter’s Brighton side visited Manchester and the English manager beat us 2-1. Then we went to the Gtech Community Stadium and Brentford scored four goals past us in the first 35 minutes.

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However, since then, the gaffer has managed to turn things around. United have gone on a four-game win streak, beating the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal. Now, it remains to be seen how Potter fares at a relatively bigger club.