Julian Nagelsmann has made a serious impression during his stint as RB Leipzig manager.
The German coach, just 33, guided the Bundesliga club to the Champions League semi-finals last year and has been tipped for big things.
He has been earmarked by some as a potential Manchester United manager of the future as he prepares to face-off against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in the Champions League this week.
Ahead of his trip to Old Trafford, Nagelsmann has outlined his feelings towards the Red Devils, explaining how he used to watch Sir Alex Ferguson’s sides growing up and learn from the legendary Scot.
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.
“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 edged a 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in their opening group game last week - but Nagelsmann insists that result is not important to his plans.
He said: “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.”