Former Liverpool star Jason McAteer feels Mauricio Pochettino could be the man to bring the good times back to Manchester United.
The Argentinian tactician is currently out of work after parting company with Tottenham in November last year. A win ratio of nearly 55% and an appearance in the Champions League final was deemed not enough.
Pochettino, 48, is still rated highly and it is only matter of time before he is back in the dugout. Cutting his teeth at Espanyol, he then shone at Southampton before a high-profile move to north London.
Rumours persist that the Red Devils are hoping to make him their next manager, while Manchester City have been linked. Alluding to Pochettino’s possible Old Trafford arrival, McAteer feels he could make a huge impact.
“It’s still early days but don’t count Manchester City and Manchester United out of the title race just yet,” he told FreeSuperTips.
“Pep Guardiola always loves a challenge and Manchester United might have a new manager before the next transfer window which might shake things up – a lot can happen in the next two months.”
Eyebrows were raised when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed United manager to replace Jose Mourinho. The jury is still out, with the north-west giants currently 15th in the standings.
It seems unlikely that they will be title challengers under the current regime. McAteer feels the South American could be a perfect fit at the Theatre of Dreams.
“For me, United look the obvious choice; they have a good squad with a nice blend of experienced and young players which is something that Pochettino works well with, as we’ve seen at Spurs,” he added. “It’s just a question of how long Ole will be given before he eventually runs out of time.”
Writing on the wall for Ole
Pochettino would be a popular choice at Old Trafford despite Solskjaer’s affiliation with the club. Things may have turned sour at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but he remains hot property.
Continental club are also thought to be keen but McAteer feels the United hierarchy have made their minds up.
“When a manager identifies the players he wants, and the board don’t deliver it, suggests one of two things, either the players are overpriced, or the board are not backing the manager,” he added. “With Manchester United, it is the latter.
“The rumours have already started about Mauricio Pochettino being heavily linked to the job.”
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