Manchester United ‘approach Mauricio Pochettino about replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’ with club bosses keen to get a replacement lined up… despite being reluctant to sack their under-fire manager
- Reports say Man United have made contract with Pochettino’s representatives
- It comes with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under intense pressure after poor results
- Saturday’s visit to Everton has become absolutely crucial with United 15th
- They were shambolic defensively in a shock 2-1 loss to Istanbul Basaksehir
- Ex-Tottenham boss Pochettino is bookmakers’ favourite to replace Solskjaer
Manchester United are reported to have approached Mauricio Pochettino with a view to him replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their manager.
And according to the Manchester Evening News, United have contacted Pochettino’s representatives. 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 are reported to have approached Mauricio Pochettino with a view to him replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their manager following a dismal start to the season
Solskjaer cut a glum figure as United slumped to an embarrassing defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League on Wednesday night
Pochettino, who appeared on Sky’s Monday Night Football this week, is the clear favourite with the bookies to replace Solskjaer as United’s manager
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.
United insist Solskjaer still has their backing and no approach has been made for Pochettino to replace him.
It will fall on United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the club hierarchy to decide Solskjaer’s future
Manchester United players reflect during a miserable performance on Wednesday night
Pochettino (left) and Solskjaer on the touchline as United played Spurs in January last year
Pochettino, the former Southampton and Tottenham manager, is the bookmakers’ odds-on favourite to be the next United boss.
The trip to Everton is United’s last fixture before a two-week international break that has become synonymous with managerial sackings.
Solskjaer dismissed speculation over his future in the wake of the defeat in Istanbul, which saw some horrendous defending for Basaksehir’s first goal.
‘I decline to comment on such a thing,’ said Solskjaer.
‘Of course it’s early on and opinions are out there all the time and you’ve got 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 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)
‘I’m employed by the club to do a job and I do that to the best of my ability with our staff.’
Pochettino has been on United’s managerial shortlists in the past and made it clear during an appearance on Sky’s Monday Night Football this week that he is ready for a new challenge.
‘I am always ready to be involved in the game again. I love football. It’s my passion, not my job.
‘I am looking forward to being involved in the game again, I love the game. It’s difficult; we are inside, we are working, we are doing things but it is not the same thing to be involved every day, to share it with your players, your staff and your club. You miss that.’
United would not have to pay Pochettino’s former club Tottenham any form of 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 prior to that, Pochettino has extensive knowledge of English football.
He hasn’t won any silverware during his time in England though he did lead Tottenham to the Champions League final in 2019.