Tottenham 0-3 Manchester United: Solskjaer press conference
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Mauricio Pochettino would still like the Manchester United job, it has been claimed. The Argentine is currently in charge of Paris Saint-Germain. But with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer struggling at Old Trafford, there’s been talk of him potentially taking over.
Manchester United have endured a troublesome campaign under Solskjaer so far.
They’ve lost three of their 10 Premier League matches, exited the Carabao Cup and relied on Cristiano Ronaldo to come to their aid in the Champions League so far.
As a result, there’s been talk of a possible sacking.
United are firm in their stance that they’re behind Solskjaer but, after last weekend’s chastening defeat to Liverpool, rumours have arisen with renewed consistency.
And The Athletic’s Laurie Whitwell has claimed Pochettino ‘would still like the United job’, despite his current commitment to PSG.
“Part of me thinks Mauricio Pochettino could still happen,” he said.
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“I have to add the caveat that Solskjaer has the Tottenham, Atalanta and Manchester City games — three results there could shift this totally — but it looks very difficult to retrieve from this point.
“Pochettino would, I think, still like the United job.
“They’ve had dalliances before. Sir Alex Ferguson took him for a meal in 2016.
“He has the motivation and the fire to build something. Obviously, he is at Paris Saint-Germain at the moment but is that a situation he is fully engaged with?
“People will say he’s not won anything as a manager.
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“Well, he got to a Champions League final with Spurs. He consistently managed to a high level in the Premier League without having the finances.
“He has the gravitas to get these big players doing what he wants them to do. He has an eye for how to structure a team and progress.”
Whitwell also expressed a belief he’d be ‘surprised’ if United went for Antonio Conte.
The Italian is available and reportedly willing to take over at Old Trafford, despite being in Tottenham’s sights.
But Whitwell can’t see it happening.
“Clearly, Conte is the manager who is out of work and, if you wanted a quick fix, he showed at Chelsea he could go straight into a team and win the title,” he said.
“He’s done it at Inter as well. If they are thinking, ‘Ronaldo is here for two years, we need to maximise that time,’ you would think Conte could be that choice.
“He comes with fireworks though, in terms of him having aggravation with his previous clubs.
“So would the United board invite him to Old Trafford? I’d be surprised.”
United responded to their recent defeat against Liverpool by putting Tottenham to the sword on Saturday.
But Gary Neville doesn’t think Solskjaer, or his players, are off the hook just yet.
“It doesn’t save his job,” he said.
“It just keeps him a foot on the line – the first rung of the ladder – because there’s two big games coming up this week. And there is still a lot of work to do.
“But he’ll recognise he’s got something to build on. That’s all it is, because I’m not letting Manchester United players or the manager off the hook for that matter with one decent performance out of possession.
“That’s something we’ve got to see now against Atalanta and (Man) City and every single week.”
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