Manchester United have reportedly approached Mauricio Pochettino with a view to replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager.
Solskjaer is under intense pressure following back-to-back defeats against Arsenal in the Premier League and Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League and is now leading the race to the bookmakers sack.
And according to the Manchester Evening News, United have contacted representatives for Pochettino. It has been previously reported that Pochettino is keen to manage United at some point and that position does not appear to have changed.
Manchester United have reportedly approached Mauricio Pochettino with a view to replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager after a dismal start to the season.
Solskjaer made a grim figure as United collapsed to an embarrassing loss to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Pochettino, who appeared on Sky’s Monday night football this week, is clearly the bookmakers favorite to replace Solskjaer as United manager
The move comes despite Solskjaer’s private backing from United insiders ahead of Wednesday night’s loss and a reluctance within the club to sack him so early in the season.
Saturday’s visit to Everton has become crucial for Solskjaer, as United could end the weekend in 17th place in the Premier League table if they lose at Goodison Park.
This follows an inconsistent start to the season which included a 6-1 humiliation at the hands of Tottenham but the Champions League trumps Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig.
They are 15th in the Premier League table after losing three of their opening six matches.
United insist Solskjaer still have their support and no approach has been made for Pochettino to replace him.
It will be up to United Executive Vice President Ed Woodward and the club’s hierarchy to decide Solskjaer’s future
Manchester United players reflect in miserable performance on Wednesday night
Pochettino (left) and Solskjaer on the sideline as United played against Spurs in January last year
Pochettino, the former Southampton and Tottenham manager, is the bookmakers favorite to be United’s next boss.
The trip to Everton is United’s last game before a two-week international hiatus that has become synonymous with executive layoffs.
Solskjaer has dismissed speculation about his future following the loss to Istanbul, which saw a horrific defense for Basaksehir’s opening goal.
“I refuse to comment on such a thing,” Solskjaer said.
“Of course it’s early and opinions are out there all the time and you have to stay strong.
Pochettino has been linked with the Manchester United job in the past and said this week he would like to take on another challenge in England
Man United schedule
Premier League unless otherwise specified
Saturday Everton (A)
21 November West Brom (H)
November 24 Istanbul Basaksehir (H)
Champions League group stage
29 november Southampton (A)
December 2 Paris Saint-Germain (M)
Champions League group stage
December 5 Western ham (A)
“I am employed by the club to do a job and I do it to the best of my ability with our staff.
Pochettino has been on United’s managerial roster in the past and made it clear in an appearance on Sky’s Monday Night Football this week that he is up for a new challenge.
“I am always ready to participate in the game again. I love football. It’s my passion, not my job.
“I can’t wait to be in the game again, I love the game. It’s tough; we are inside, we work, we do things but it is not the same to be involved every day, to share it with your players, your staff and your club. You miss it.
United would not have to pay former Pochettino club Tottenham compensation as the deadline passed in May. The 48-year-old left Spurs after five and a half years last November to be replaced by former United boss Jose Mourinho.
Having also managed Southampton before, Pochettino has extensive knowledge of English football.
He did not win any silverware during his time in England, despite leading Tottenham to the Champions League final in 2019.