Mauricio Pochettino’s wait for Man Utd phone call as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fights for job

Is Pochettino under huge pressure at PSG after Messi arrival?

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Manchester United, as things stand, are sticking with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. However, all isn’t rosy behind the scenes with the club continuing to explore possible replacements for the Norwegian. And one name to have emerged in recent weeks is Mauricio Pochettino, despite his commitments to Paris Saint-Germain.

United were meant to be challenging for the Premier League title this season.

But they already trail Chelsea by eight points and, to make matters worse, are out of the Carabao Cup already.

Had it not been for Cristiano Ronaldo’s late antics in the past three Champions League matches, they’d be facing elimination from that competition as well.

And, as a result, the pressure is still very much on Solskjaer ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Manchester City.

The spectre of Pochettino is once again looming.

Though the Argentine is happy at PSG, United’s hierarchy still admire the Argentine.

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And, should they opt to pursue Pochettino at the end of the season, there’s certainly a possibility he’d swap the Parc des Princes for Old Trafford.

For all of PSG’s money, United are a different beast.

The chance to restore a sleeping giant to the glory days of old could appeal. So, too, the chance to return to the Premier League – where he previously worked wonders at Tottenham.

But there’s also a sense that United could, and perhaps should, have appointed Pochettino in the past.

Mundo Deportivo reported in January 2020, before the former Spurs boss took charge at PSG, that Pochettino was waiting for a phone call from the United hierarchy.

At the time, the Red Devils were struggling under Solskjaer.

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They’d experienced a chastening defeat to Burnley weeks previously and looked destined to finish in the Europa League, rather than Champions League, qualifying slots.

But the phone call, ultimately, never came.

United signed Bruno Fernandes, who dragged them into the Champions League almost single-handedly.

And Pochettino ended up replacing Thomas Tuchel at PSG earlier this year, though couldn’t guide them to Ligue 1 or European glory.

Now, it’ll be interesting to see whether he does ever receive a phone call from the United board.

Pochettino hasn’t taken PSG up a level but, with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe at his disposal, could still claim the game’s biggest prizes.

However, history suggests he could lose his job should he fail to win either the Ligue 1 or Champions League titles.

PSG have, after all, axed the likes of Laurent Blanc, Unai Emery and Tuchel when they feel standards are slipping.

And Solskjaer must ensure he gets United fully firing on a consistent basis if he’s to last the course.

Meanwhile, Harry Redknapp feels Solskjaer should bring Roy Keane in to save his job at Old Trafford.

“I think he needs a bit of help,” he said.

“I’m not saying his staff are not good lads and good, but they look to me as a very quiet group.

“I know Michael Carrick very well, he’s a fantastic footballer and a great person and he’s got other people around him.

“Sometimes you can’t be afraid to think that another bit of help coming in, it will help me and help the team.

“I just think he maybe needs somebody else, a different [character] alongside him in the group.

“He looked a lonely figure last week standing on that touchline. Do you know who’d I take at Manchester United? Everyone’s going to think I’m absolutely mad, but I’d bring in Roy Keane.

“If I was Ole I’d think to myself, he won’t mess around and he’ll sort one or two out.”

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