Sir Alex Ferguson’s Mauricio Pochettino comments serve as Antonio Conte warning to Man Utd

Liverpool's record 5-0 win at Man Utd: Solskjaer at 'rock bottom'

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If Manchester United decide to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and hire a replacement, the club would do well to ask Sir Alex Ferguson for his advice on who to bring in next. The legendary boss retired in May 2013 after 27 years in the role, having won 13 league titles during his extraordinary reign.

The Scot, now 79, remains a key member of the senior hierarchy as a board director and is present at most matches at Old Trafford.

He will no doubt give his opinion on his former player Solskjaer after coming under intense pressure following the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

The fans booed the players off the pitch at the interval and it seems Ferguson was not pleased with what he saw either, as he was seen shaking his head.

It is understood Solskjaer is facing a serious battle to save his job, with Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane both available to be approached about replacing the Norwegian.

Ferguson, whose reign remains the longest in English football history and may never be topped, previously said selecting a manager that is prepared to bring through young players and build a legacy is crucial.

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“The value is two-fold,” Ferguson told Sky Sports in 2017.

“One, they’ll always remember the person who gave them their start in life, and secondly, they create a loyalty base that is there for life.

“The young players we had coming through still keep in touch with me, and that is an indication of how well it works.

“I don’t think short-termism works, I really don’t.

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“I think there are teams that can buy all the time and remain successful, but on a general theme, I don’t think short-termism works.

“With Tottenham, to me, it looks like there is a long-termism there, they’re building something that looks pretty good.”

Interestingly, when he made those comments, he name-checked Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino, who had been linked with the job at Old Trafford for some time.

Ironically, Spurs sacked Pochettino after five years in charge in November 2019, just five months after he had guided the club to their first-ever Champions League final.

Given Tottenham’s struggles since the Argentinian’s departure under Jose Mourinho and now Nuno Espirito Santo, it is fair to suggest chairman Daniel Levy may regret wielding the axe.

Now at PSG, Pochettino is managing the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar, although there are questions over his long-term future at the club.

His advice on how to choose a manager could spell bad news for Conte, who is thought to be one of the frontrunners for the job.

The Italian has won league titles with Chelsea, Juventus and Inter Milan, but lasted only two seasons in England before falling out with the hierarchy at Stamford Bridge.

Solskjaer is expected to remain in charge for Man United’s crucial fixture with Tottenham on Saturday despite reports suggesting talks had been held to discuss his future.

The Red Devils have taken just one point from their last four games and face three key fixtures against Spurs, before taking on Atalanta in the Champions League.

The 48-year-old could still be in the dugout for the Manchester derby in November before the international break.

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