Mauricio Pochettino would jump at the chance to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United, should the board decide to part with the Norwegian.
United’s defeat to RB Leipzig on Tuesday ensured the Red Devils will compete in the Europa League in 2021, meaning they’ll miss out on the lucrative knockout stages of the Champions League.
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Solskjaer still retains the backing of United’s board but a heavy defeat against rivals Manchester City on Saturday will push the Norwegian further to the brink, while the club’s festive period looks particularly tricky.
Pochettino has been out of work since leaving Tottenham 12 months ago and the Argentine had not planned on taking such a long break away from the game.
The Argentine confirmed on a recent appearance on Monday Night Football that he’s now ready to take his next job and the Athletic claim he’d like to takeover from Solskjaaer at the Theatre of Dreams.
‘[Pochettino] would definitely take the job,’ said Manchester United correspondent, Laurie Whiwell.
‘He’s been out of work for more than a year now and United are still one of the best draws in football.’
‘I think that if United hired him (the club are adamant Solskjaer is their guy still, by the way), Pochettino would be a good choice.
‘He showed at Tottenham he can build a team and overshoot expectations. That being said, I don’t think he’s the guarantee of success some seem to paint him as. He didn’t win any trophies at Spurs, or with any of his previous clubs, and his style relies on emotion.’
It would cost United around £4.5million to sack Solskjaer and though that’s a relatively paltry figure compared to the £18m that it cost to part with Jose Mourinho, the club have suffered huge losses this year and continue to back Solskjaer.
Pochettino targeted the likes of Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek while he was at Tottenham, while Sir Alex Ferguson championed the Argentine as a United manager in waiting following Louis van Gaal’s departure in 2016.
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