ESPN FC pundits seem to be in agreement that Manchester United will only part ways with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if they are able to replace him with Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino.
Speaking ahead of the weekend’s action in the Premier League, the topic of discussion turned to the turmoil at Spurs and Manchester United, with both stuttering in the league as well as in Europe.
With United heading into their fixture against Newcastle United following a disappointing Europa League draw against Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar, panellist Craig Burley felt it was only a matter of time before Solskjaer vacated the Old Trafford hotseat.
He said: “Sitting in mid-table, Ed Woodward can throw out the odd bit of spiel and rhetoric all he wants about ‘long-term’, and this and that, but it can’t be long before another decision is going to have to be made about the manager.”
The panel then moved on to Spurs, and with the pressure piling on Pochettino after their humiliating defeat to Bayern Munich in midweek, while Burley felt the Argentinian would not be sacked, former Premier League goalkeeper Shaka Hislop argued that any movement in North London could spark something similar in the red half of Manchester – with ex-Liverpool defender Steve Nicol in agreement.
Hislop said: If [Pochettino] does leave, Ole will follow quickly after because Manchester United will be desperate to sign Pochettino. Whatever happens at Spurs, if he leaves, I don’t see how Ed Woodward and United do not move immediately to sign Pochettino.”
Nicol added: “And that’s the only way that Solskjaer gets the bullet, is if Pochettino leaves. Listen, Pochettino’s going nowhere, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going nowhere either.
“He’s there until they can sort out what they’re going to do with player signings and until a manager they really want becomes available.”
Rumours continue to circulate about Pochettino’s future – with reports in the last few weeks linking the Argentinian with a future vacancy at Old Trafford.
Though if any Spurs fans desperate to keep hold of Pochettino are looking for a good omen, Burley went on to predict Tottenham to get back to winning ways against Brighton at the weekend – so perhaps the ESPN crew don’t know what they’re talking about.
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