It always felt like Manchester United with Mauricio Pochettino as manager feels like a good match. Well, it could now be a genuine possibility.
Let’s not beat around the bush. The pressure is massively growing on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Poor results in the league were somewhat tolerated due to brilliant displays in Europe. The moment you lose that edge in the Champions League, the questions will start to be asked.
Less than 24 hours after the Red Devils were deservedly beaten by Istanbul Basaksehir, links to a new manager have surfaced.
The story comes from the Manchester Evening News, who are usually pretty accurate when it comes to United information. They’re claiming that United have ‘approached’ 48-year-old Mauricio Pochettino, with a view to him replacing Solskjaer as manager.
Apparently, United have ‘made contact’ with Pochettino’s representatives amid the ‘dismal’ form the club is in under Solskjaer right now.
Insiders state that the United board were privately backing Solskjaer, particularly as they don’t want to sack him this early on in the season. However, things could change if United lose to Everton this weekend.
As we all know, United have lost three of their six league games so far this term, while failing to win at Old Trafford domestically. Understandably, the pressure is starting to mount.
But what would Mauricio Pochettino offer?
In terms of style, I actually think Solskjaer and ‘Poch’ are pretty similar. I would give Pochettino an edge as I think he’s comfortably better when it comes to team tactics and setting a side up.
Both love to bring young players through, with Solskjaer putting in solid foundations that Pochettino could certainly build upon.
My obvious concern is the lack of trophies under his belt. Pochettino plays lovely football, his teams often perform well in big matches. Sometimes though, his sides have wilted under pressure and that could be an issue.
Look, this link was inevitable. We’ve been linked with Pochettino before and I’m sure we will be again. I will admit it does feel like Solskjaer is working on borrowed time at the moment. Lose at the weekend and I’ll be seriously fearing the worst.