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Would Manchester United be a good move for Pochettino?

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 19 Dec 2018

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Following Tuesday’s sacking of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is once again being linked with the hot seat at Old Trafford. When asked about the managerial situation at Old Trafford, the Argentinian boss was keeping his cards close to his chest. However, reports in some of the British tabloids claim that Pochettino is interested in the job.

The move to Manchester would be a delayed one, though, as United have appointed former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim boss until the end of the season.  Unless the Norwegian pulls off a miracle, then United will appoint a long-term boss next summer, with Pochettino looking like a prime candidate.

Pochettino is one of the most promising coaches in Europe

Mauricio Pochettino is one of the most promising youngish head coaches in European football. Some would argue that Pochettino needs to win silverware to be labelled a top boss already.

However, the Argentinian has done some impressive work turning Tottenham into a team that regularly finishes in the top four. Pochettino has not only turned Spurs into a winning team, but he has also turned them into a team that plays a style of football that is very entertaining to watch.

Former United boss Jose Mourinho is not renowned for his teams playing expansive and attacking football, so I am sure United fans would welcome the change.

Are United better equipped for success?

There is no doubt that Manchester United have a more successful history and are a bigger world brand than Spurs. However, on the playing side, I would say that Tottenham have a better team and even individual better players.

For example, I would take Harry Kane over Romelu Lukaku any day up front. There are very few United players who would get into the current Tottenham starting line-up.

The reason for Tottenham’s strength is the shrewd work in the transfer market of Pochettino and the people in charge of transfers. When you compare Spurs signings under Pochettino to the signings of Mourinho at United, there is only one winner.

The name and reputation of Manchester United are still bigger than Tottenham’s. However, when it comes to spending on players, neither clubs hierarchy are particularly generous with funds.

United have spent a lot of money under Mourinho. However, comparatively speaking they have not spent the same amount of money as some of their rivals in recent years. The Red Devils owners have been more careful with the clubs money of late.

The reason behind the austerity may not just be to line their own pockets. It could be that they did not trust the clubs former boss to spend the funds wisely. Maybe if they had a boss they trusted, then they may be more forthcoming when it comes to signing players.

I have talked many times about Pochettino at Tottenham in the past, as I believe that given the clubs hierarchy’s ideas on profitability, the north London club will never progress beyond plucky outsiders in the title race. Pochettino may just have a bigger transfer kitty at Old Trafford. However, there is no guarantee that he definitely will.

Better off at Tottenham for now

Mauricio Pochettino looks better off at Tottenham at the minute. Spurs are currently odds of 2/9 to claim a Champions League spot this season. Meanwhile, Manchester United are a massive 14/1 to finish in the top-four this season.

If Pochettino wants to manage in the Champions League next season, then joining United does not look like an option. The Argentinian has however hinted at slight frustration in recent months at Spurs lack of ambition.

Nevertheless, for now, Pochettino does not need the hassle of attempting to rebuild a poor Manchester United squad, potentially with a small budget. This link will rear its head again in the summer. Therefore, we may have to put up with the speculation over Pochettino’s future for some time to come.

Would Manchester United be a good move for Pochettino?


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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