Mauricio Pochettino backed to make two demands on Man Utd if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked | Football | sport


Solskjaer’s future at Old Trafford is on hold again, with United losing two of their first three Premier League games of the season, losing 6-1 to Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham ahead of the international break.The Norwegian has been in charge for 18 months, but questions are still being asked about his managerial abilities as he guided the club to a third place in the Premier League last season to qualify for the Champions League.

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Pochettino has been out of work for almost a year after being sacked by Spurs but remains considered one of the best coaches in Europe.

He guided the north London team to four consecutive top four rankings despite Spurs’ financial constraints and their first-ever Champions League final.

Given his abilities, the 48-year-old has also been linked with Manchester City – with Pep Guardiola out of contract at the end of the season – and will likely have admirers across the continent.

It could put the ball in Pochettino’s side if Solskjaer is sacked and United make an approach for the Argentine, who has already hinted he would be eager to return to the Premier League.And ESPN football expert Laurens believes the former Spurs and Southampton coach, who also coached Espanyol in La Liga, may ask for a sporting director and more power in the transfer market.

United have not delivered any of their main goals to Solskjaer in the recently closed window, per ESPN with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho topping their list.

The 13-time Premier League winners signed Donny van de Beek, Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles, Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri, but were unable to sign Sancho, Jack Grealish, Dayot Upamecano or Nathan Ake.

Asked why Pochettino would want to take over at United given the Red Devils’ board underperformance, Laurens said: “Maybe if they go and get Pochettino he can have the assurance that a sports director will be appointed at some point after him.

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“Maybe he can get reassurance that he will have more power in the transfer market for United than Solskjaer or his former managers.

“There’s a lot of ways if they get Pochettino that he can have a lot of wiggle room in the sense of, ‘Ok you want me? No problem, but you also have to give me this, this and that. ‘

“It would be a very smart way for Pochettino or someone else to do it that way, coming into the club but with more power than the current manager, for example. ”

Former Rangers and Sunderland striker Ally McCoist believes Pochettino would prefer United’s post to City, if Guardiola and Solskjaer left their posts at Manchester.

He told talkSPORT: “United, I think [Pochettino would favour]. It’s a bit like Spurs where they probably haven’t won anything for a long, long time in terms of the championship. I think it might interest him a lot more.


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“You are looking at a club like Manchester United who I don’t think would be too far away to say that they have lost their way since Sir Alex Ferguson left.

“Obviously, they won things for sure. But a club like Man United, if you talk to boys like Gary Neville and Roy Keane, they should be fighting for the title most years, if not all of the time.

“They didn’t do that. So I think there’s probably more work to be done maybe at Manchester United than maybe Manchester City. ”

“I think it might appeal a bit more to a coach like Mauricio Pochettino.

“If you sit and watch him, maybe the biggest achievement would be to win the title with Manchester United as City certainly have recently. ”

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