MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly earmarked RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann as a potential replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The 32-year-old became the youngest boss in Bundesliga history when he was put in charge of Hoffenheim aged just 28.
And his exploits since have caught the eye of the Red Devils, according to Sportsmail.
They claim United have the German “down as one to watch further down the line” and the “process of gathering information on him is well underway”.
Nagelsmann led Hoffenheim from a relegation fight to safety after taking over in February 2016 and followed that up with Champions League qualification during his first full campaign at the helm.
The highly-rated coach, who has been dubbed “Baby Mourinho” in his homeland, then secured a place in the group stage of Europe’s top competition the next year having previously been eliminated by Liverpool in the play-offs 12 months earlier.
His stock has continued to rise and he was heavily linked with the Bayern Munich job last summer until he opted for Leipzig instead.
Nagelsmann, whose playing career was cut-short through injury when he was 20, currently has the club sitting just two points off top spot in the Germany’s top-flight.
He is under contract at Leipzig until 2023 but today’s report states United will continue “doing their due diligence” as they contemplate a future approach.
The pressure is mounting on Solskjaer at Old Trafford after overseeing the Red Devils’ worst start to a Prem season in 30 years.
Runaway leaders Liverpool head to United on Sunday, October 20 for a crunch clash that could see them move 18 points clear of their bitter rivals after just nine games.
After that they travel to Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League before a trip to Norwich.