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Pochettino to Manchester United could be ideal

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 8 Oct 2019

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As we all know, things have not exactly been going well for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United or Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham. There has been much discussion about both bosses’ futures at their respective clubs. Ironically, Pochettino moving to Old Trafford may just be ideal for United and Tottenham. Whether the Argentinian would fancy the move is unclear. It would not be great for United boss Solskjaer either.

Solskjaer out of his depth as Manchester United boss

It is now clear that the inexperienced Solskjaer is out of his depth at Manchester United. The fact that the playing squad available to him is not great has not helped him. However, it is starting to become obvious that he does not yet have the managerial acumen to move the team forward in the near future.

Of course, he comes across as a great guy. However, that is now enough to have him in charge of Manchester United. Off the pitch, United are one of the biggest brands, but they are a mediocre football team.

To get the best out of a mediocre team, you need a very good coach. Despite his situation at Spurs, Pochettino is a very good coach. He has not been helped by the fact that certain players are still at the club, who obviously want to be elsewhere. For five years, the Argentine got the best out of his team, without spending a fortune on players.

Tottenham will not sack Pochettino

Pochettino and Tottenham’s relationship has soured of late. The Argentinian has stayed loyal to the north London club, despite never really getting great backing from the Spurs hierarchy. It was not difficult to tell that he has not been happy at certain points in recent seasons.

Tottenham are obviously not happy with him after some disastrous results of late. However, for all the talk of Pochettino leaving in the near future, they will not sack him. It is quite simply not financially viable.

Chairman Daniel Levy prides himself as a shrewd businessman. If Spurs sacked Pochettino, reportedly the north London club would have to pay £32million to the Argentine and his staff. Levy is highly unlikely to do that and be able to justify the decision to the club’s owners.

It would be handy for Levy and Tottenham if another club came along and decided to appoint Pochettino as their new head coach. Pochettino has been heavily linked with moves to both United and Real Madrid in the past.

With Solskjaer vulnerable at United and Zinedine Zidane reportedly at risk in the Spanish capital due to their Champions League struggles, both jobs may well become available in the near future.

Pochettino the favourite to become next United boss

If Solskjaer’s reign as Manchester United boss is set to end then there will be a whole host of bosses interested in the job, in spite of the poor state of the Red Devils playing staff. However, Pochettino is the favourite to become the next Manchester United boss at odds of 2/ 1.

No doubt, the start to the new season has had a negative effect on Pochettino’s reputation. There is no question of his coaching abilities, though. He has proven he can manage a Premier League club at Tottenham and developed a  number of players. He also prefers to work with young players, which could work well with United’s currently relatively young squad.

The international break is always a time where speculation emerges about bosses’ futures at clubs. The signs point are that Solskjaer will still be United boss after the international break. Pochettino will not leave Spurs either in the next few weeks. However, if United suffer a big defeat against bitter-rivals Liverpool in their next league outing, then speculation suggests the Norwegian could very well be heading out of the Old Trafford exit door.

With Pochettino’s future at Spurs in doubt, a switch to Manchester really does not look like an unrealistic prospect. It could suit both United and Tottenham. Stranger things have happened. Only time will tell if Pochettino will be the next United boss.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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