‘Put him with Man United’s squad and they’d go to another dimension’: Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara calls for ‘unbelievable’ Mauricio Pochettino to replace under-fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United
- Man United have lost two games on the trot, to Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure after a mixed start to the season
- Reports emerged on Thursday that United have approached Mauricio Pochettino
- Ex-Spurs man Jamie O’Hara says Pochettino would take United to another level
Jamie O’Hara insists Mauricio Pochettino would take Manchester United to ‘another dimension’ if he replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the Old Trafford hotseat.
Reports emerged on Thursday stating that United chiefs have approached ex-Tottenham boss Pochettino’s representatives after United slumped to a disappointing defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday.
Following their second loss on the trot and a crucial game at Everton on Saturday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is once again under pressure and O’Hara believes ‘world-class’ Pochettino is the fourth best coach in the country and would take United to the next level.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure after two losses in a row
Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been closely linked with taking over at United
Ex-Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara believes Pochettino would take Utd to ‘another dimension’
‘I would have Pochettino at most football clubs,’ O’Hara told talkSPORT.
‘How can you say he’s not unbelievable? Look what he did with Southampton and look what he did at Spurs. Put him with Man United’s squad and they’d go to another dimension.’
It has been reported previously that Pochettino is keen to manage United at some point and that stance is not believed to have changed.
Manchester United players reflect during a miserable performance on Wednesday night
Man United fixtures
Premier League unless stated
Saturday Everton (A)
November 21 West Brom (H)
November 24 Istanbul Basaksehir (H) Champions League group stage
November 29 Southampton (A)
December 2 Paris Saint-Germain (H) Champions League group stage
December 5 West Ham (A)
The move comes despite United insiders privately backing Solskjaer prior to Wednesday night’s defeat 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 sitting 17th in the Premier League table if they lose at Goodison Park.
It follows an inconsistent start to the season that has included a 6-1 humiliation at the hands of Tottenham but Champions League wins over Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig.
They are 15th in the Premier League table, having lost three of their opening six matches.
Meanwhile, O’Hara detailed that he thought only Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho were better coaches in England than Pochettino.
The former Spurs midfielder also spoke highly about Pochettino’s five-year tenure at the north London club.
‘I think you’ve got to give Pochettino massive respect for what he did at Spurs,’ O’Hara said. ‘Listen, he didn’t win anything and that’s the biggest regret that he’s got.
Pochettino (left) and Solskjaer on the touchline as United played Spurs in January last year
‘But where he took that football club – with no budget, not signing any players, producing young players, playing an exciting style football – made him world class and made Tottenham a guaranteed top-four side every season.
‘He got them to a Champions League final, on the night they were poor but as a manager he’s unbelievable.
‘For me, he’s the fourth best manager in England right now and he hasn’t got a job.’