Man Utd had already made Pochettino decision before Tuchel sacking

Whenever Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has endured a difficult spell at Manchester United, the prospect of Mauricio Pochettino replacing him has loomed large.

Since leaving Tottenham at the end of last year, the Argentinian has been linked with several jobs across Europe, but perhaps none more so than the position at Old Trafford.

"My energy is full, I'd love to be involved in the game but at the same time I need to understand that at the moment is a good moment that you need to wait," he said on Sky Sports earlier this season.

Many expected that wait would end with him being the latest man to attempt to replicate Sir Alex Ferguson's feats at The Theatre of Dreams.

After starting the season with four home games without a win, the vultures were once again circling around the Norwegian.

As there has been for much of his tenure, the overwhelming pressure on Ed Woodward was to sack Solskjaer.

But the executive vice-chairman, along with the Glazer family opted to retain the former striker, with Woodward publicly backing his man.

"We see positive signs on the pitch and the training ground that reinforce our belief in the progress being made by Ole, his coaching team and the players," he said in a fan's forum this month.

"We will continue to support Ole with a planned, long-term approach to recruitment, focused on the summer windows."

And that loyalty has been instantly rewarded, six wins in seven Premier League games have catapulted United back into the title race, with Solskjaer's side rediscovering the form that saw them qualify for the Champions League last term.

It's not the first time United bosses have resisted temptation with Pochettino waiting in the wings. There were times in 2019/20 when it felt a matter of time until they would make the call.

All the while, Old Trafford chiefs were weighing up the balancing act that the in-demand manager would soon be offered a role, too good to turn down, elsewhere.

And with the news of Thomas Tuchel's departure from Paris Saint-Germain, Pochettino is an odds-on favourite to take himself out of the running for the United post…at long last.

Pochettino claimed he would "wait for the right project" and the opportunity to coach Neymar and Co is certainly that. PSG director Leonardo has reportedly already made contact and he could be named in the new year.

Ironically, Solskjaer guiding his side to two wins over Tuchel's PSG may have played a contributing factor in not only his dismissal, but the appointment that increases his own job security exponentially.

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