Amid their struggling start to the Premier League season, Manchester United are eyeing Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s potential replacement, according to AS.
The Spanish publication have cited former England right-back Danny Mills hailing Pochettino’s credentials for the Old Trafford job while speaking on talkSPORT as part of their report, while adding that Christen Eriksen would join the Argentine in Manchester.
Manchester United are said to be considering Solskjaer’s position at Old Trafford in the report after the Red Devils were beaten 2-0 last time out at West Ham United, and are unconvinced by their former striker’s style of play.
Solskjaer was handed the head coach position permanently after hitting the ground running and collecting the most points any top-flight manager had in their first ten games in charge (Goal), but Manchester United now find themselves eighth in the Premier League, one spot behind Tottenham on goal difference.
Both sides have penned two wins and two draws in the opening six games of the campaign, but things are far bleaker at Old Trafford, with Solskjaer winning just five games across all competitions since being given the job on a full-time basis in March (TransferMarkt).
Should the Red Devils call time on Solskjaer’s tenure, AS suggest Pochettino may be the man to replace him, and that the Argentine could leave his duties in north London earlier than expected if United make an offer.
The Spanish publication add that Eriksen would follow the Spurs boss to Old Trafford if he were to leave, as the Denmark midfielder is keen to leave the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after rejecting several contract offers.
It is not noted whether Manchester United chiefs intend to make an approach for Pochettino any time soon.
Tottenham losing both Pochettino and Eriksen in the same season would signal a massive changing of the guards in north London, with the Argentine head coach not only a key figure, but a key reason behind their shift in recent years from a Champions League onlooker to a side that reached the final last term.
Pochettino has helped bring through a tidal wave of young stars in his five years at the club (TransferMarkt), too, but there is only so far he can take the top-six outfit with that ethos before they reach their natural ceiling.
The Murphy-born 47-year-old may then see the rebuilding task at Old Trafford in a positive light, as Manchester United have not been afraid to spend large sums of money if they feel the player in question would make a significant improvement to their efforts – with Aaron Wan-Bissaka signed for £50million (BBC) and Harry Maguire for £80m (BBC).
The question will be what can Daniel Levy offer Pochettino to keep his focus on the job at hand in north London, and not what he can achieve elsewhere in search of the first trophy of his managerial career.
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