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Four-point checklist that means Southgate would succeed at Man United

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Four-point checklist that means Southgate would succeed at Man United

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There’s no reason why Gareth Southgate couldn’t be a success at Manchester United should he get the job.

This is the view of talkSPORT’s Danny Mills, who believes the England boss possesses four key traits that would make him a good fit at Old Trafford.

Southgate is understood to be admired by Man United minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe

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Southgate is understood to be admired by Man United minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe

talkSPORT understands Southgate will be a leading contender for the post should the club decide to part company with Erik ten Hag.

Southgate is understood to be admired by minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe as well as his INEOS team.

Meanwhile Southgate joining the Red Devils would see him reunite with former colleague at the Football Association Dan Ashworth, whom is set to become the new sporting director at Man United.

talkSPORT’s Mark Goldbridge and Andy Goldstein are among those who are against the prospect of Southgate managing the club they support.

But Mills defended his former England and Middlesbrough teammate, insisting Man United could do a lot worse.

“I think it would be a decent decision. You have to look at the bigger picture of Manchester United,” Mills said on Kick Off.

“Dan Ashworth has worked with Gareth an awful lot, around the younger ages of England, they’ve been very, very close for some time. They know each other very well.

“Dan Ashworth is no fool. He’s one of the best sporting directors, in that role he’s absolutely superb.”

Ashworth worked at the FA for six years, five of them alongside Southgate when the latter was England Under-21s and the England senior team's manager

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Ashworth worked at the FA for six years, five of them alongside Southgate when the latter was England Under-21s and the England senior team’s managerCredit: Getty

Mills then listed the four key attributes that Southgate possesses that means he can succeed at Old Trafford.

“What do Manchester United need? They need someone who can deal with the pressure, there’s no greater pressure than being England manager,” Mills said.

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“Somebody that can deal with the media, somebody who can deal with players. That’s really important. Gareth can do all those things.”

“People talk about in-game management. We lost to Croatia because they were better than us, I’ve always said that,” Mills added.

“We lost to a very, very good Italy team on penalties, could’ve easily gone either way. If Harry Kane scores his penalty against France we probably go on and win that game because momentum is with us and who knows what can happen.

“Jurgen Klopp is a fantastic manager because he gets to semi-finals and finals. Gareth’s got England to semi-finals and finals that other managers haven’t done, some of the greatest like Fabio Capello and Sven Goran Eriksson.

“He’s clearly got something. He changed the tactics at Euro 2020 when he put Trippier left wing-back and everyone was going, ‘what are you doing?’ In his first World Cup he played Kyle Walker at centre-half.

“As the head coach or manager of Manchester United that’s not the only important role. The role underneath that, his coach, is vitally important.

“Sir Alex Ferguson had some of the best coaches in the world work underneath him. Sir Alex wasn’t the greatest coach of all time, but he picked some of the greatest coaches to be his no.2.

“Let’s say Southgate’s is Steve Holland. Very, very good coach, everybody speaks very highly of him, very experienced. He would be the main coach, he would be the one on the pitch doing the stuff day in, day out. Gareth would be a more old-fashioned type of manager overseeing things, asking his no.2 to do the work.

“So on that basis, why wouldn’t it work?”

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