Mauricio Pochettino insiders have expected him to be offered the Manchester United job, it has been claimed. The Argentine has been out of work since leaving Tottenham in October last year. And he may replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has overseen a nightmare start to the new season.
Solskjaer is already under pressure at Manchester United, having seen his side lose to Crystal Palace and Tottenham already this season.
The Norwegian steered his side back into the Champions League last term but, with the Red Devils looking abject so far, talk of the sack has already arisen.
United have downplayed suggests Solskjaer will have until the November international break to turn things around, at a time where links with Pochettino have resurfaced.
And journalist Duncan Castles, speaking on The Transfer Window podcast, has claimed some Pochettino insiders have been convinced he’ll be offered the job.
“Manchester United have been interested in hiring Mauricio Pochettino for years now,” Castles said. “He is somebody they talked to before hiring Jose Mourinho.
“There have been conversations subsequently.
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“There have been situations subsequently where people close to Pochettino expected him to be offered the job. For him to come in and replace Solskjaer.
“That is no surprise given the long period of bad results that Solskajer has delivered during his time as Man Utd manager, he has managed to get out of them.
“He has had some stays of executions and then gone on a run which has some commentators saying ‘everything is sorted. They are playing the right way’.”
For now, Solskjaer looks set to continue.
United want to continue to place their faith in the Norwegian and know sacking him would be a risky move given his popularity within the fanbase.
After the Tottenham drubbing, Solskjaer admitted he’d do everything in his power to turn things around.
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It was a chastening afternoon for the club, with braces from Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min, plus further goals from Serge Aurier and Tanguy Ndombele, compiling their misery.
And Solskjaer said: “It’s my second language so it’s very difficult to put it into word.
“It’s a horrible feeling, the worst day I’ve had as a Manchester United manager and player.
“I’ve been part of big defeats before and we’ve bounced back so we’ve just got to let the boys go away on international duty, find their mojo themselves and the others that are going to stay here, we’ve got to help them.
“After a result like this you need to clear your mind and head and look forward.
“Sometimes you make mistakes, that’s part of life and we made too many mistakes in one game of football and that shows in the result against a very good football team. They are a team full of quality and we got punished almost every time we made a mistake.”
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He added: “If it’s a different shape, mentality, I don’t know, but it will be different. We can’t accept performances like this. I hold my hands up, I’m in charge and I’m responsible for this.”
Solskjaer is United’s fourth manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
The club went for David Moyes to replace Ferguson but he lasted 10 months before being sacked in April 2014, having failed to guide the club to a Champions League spot.
Louis van Gaal lasted two years before he, too, was axed after missing out on the top four.
And Jose Mourinho was relieved of his duties in December 2018 at a time where the club were struggling both on and off the pitch.
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