Mauricio Pochettino 'doesn't suit Manchester United' says pundit
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Manchester United are currently torn over what to do with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Some believe the Glazers should stick, while others believe they need to twist if results are to improve at Old Trafford. And one name in the frame to take over from the Norwegian is Mauricio Pochettino, despite his current commitments at Paris Saint-Germain.
United gave Solskjaer substantial backing in the summer transfer window, bringing in the likes of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo from Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Juventus respectively.
However, the Red Devils have struggled in the time since the trio’s arrival.
United have lost six of their last 12 matches across all competitions, including chastening losses to Manchester City and Liverpool on their own turf.
And, inevitably, there’s been plenty of talk about Solskjaer’s position in the time since.
The Red Devils have been linked with Brendan Rodgers, with the former Liverpool boss a candidate to take over.
Zinedine Zidane is another option, even if the France job appears to be his preference, while Erik ten Hag’s name has been mentioned as well.
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But one name certainly in the frame to replace Solskjaer is Pochettino, who has been admired by the club for a number of years.
Just a year ago, the Manchester Evening News reported that United had approached the Argentine about taking over.
Pochettino was a free agent at the time, having been brutally sacked by Tottenham back in October 2019.
And it was claimed United had ‘made contact with Pochettino’s representatives’ amid their ‘dismal’ form under Solskjaer.
At the time, the Red Devils had lost three of their last six games.
And that included a shambolic Champions League defeat to Istanbul Basakesehir, a loss that would later prove fatal to their hopes of making the knockout stages.
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United seemed hellbent on appointing Pochettino, especially after opening talks with his camp.
But, then, everything changed.
United went on to win five of their last six matches, including tough victories away at Everton and Southampton.
And if they’re to appoint Pochettino now, it’ll be a far trickier task than 12 months ago.
With the Argentine happy at PSG, where he manages the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, there’s no indication he’ll take over at United.
And any approach this time around may not result in what the Glazers want.
Solskjaer is expected to be in charge for United’s next match, against Watford, after the international break.
And that’s despite some legends beginning to turn on the Norwegian, including Rio Ferdinand.
Ferdinand recently called on Solskjaer to go, insisting he’d be able to walk away with his head held high.
“He’s done actually what he’s been brought in to do,” he said earlier in the week.
“He’s come in and given the fans hope again, made the fans want to come back and watch your team again.
“He’s done that. He has done a great job in that sense. But is he going to take us to win titles? Is he going to make us challenge to win a Champions League?
“You need the foundations that have been built to fall back on when you are lacking that confidence.
“When you’re thinking a five, a 10-yard ball that is normally easy becomes a difficult ball – the foundations get you through that. We (United) ain’t got that.
“The football club will be living here and breathing here longer than any individual. It’s what’s best for this football club.
“I just feel that maybe it might be time now for the baton to be handed over.
“Who can take us on now? And I think Ole would leave now with his head held high.”
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