Mauricio Pochettino is back on Manchester United’s radar – thanks to former club Tottenham.
Spurs 6-1 thrashing of United, and the shambolic nature of the Red Devils’ performance, has led to fresh questions over the future of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Norwegian’s men sank to the embarrassing defeat at Old Trafford, and could have conceded more as Jose Mourinho saw his side run riot on his former stomping ground.
Solskjaer, who led United to third in the Premier League and the Europa League semi-final last term, has seen his side concede 11 goals in their opening three Premier League outings this term.
That equals the top-flight record for goals conceded after three matches.
Now executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is making contingency plans.
Woodward is not prepared to sack the Norwegian in the current international break.
But he is a big fan of Pochettino and senior club chiefs, as reported by the Daily Star, have made contact with the Argentine’s camp.
Pochettino, who led Spurs to the Champions League Final in 2019, before being sacked last November, has made no secret of his desire to get back into management.
The 48-year-old has turned down a number of offers since, notably from Portuguese side Benfica, and has been linked with Barcelona.
But he has held off jumping in, preferring to wait for the right opportunity.
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United, whose transfer policy under Solskjaer has pivoted towards youth, could well prove to be ideal.
That’s both due to the club’s current core of young players, such as Mason Greenwood, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford, but especially with United continuing to work without a sporting director; Pochettino is keen for total control over both the coaching side and the buying and selling of players, having been left frustrated during latter windows in North London.
United would not have to pay compensation to hire Pochettino.
And while Woodward is set to give Solskjaer the opportunity to lead United up the table after the international break, he will have little margin for error, with Pochettino in the background.
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