Manchester United have reportedly ‘sounded out’ Mauricio Pochettino ahead of the club’s Premier League clash with Newcastle on Saturday night. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side enter the game under pressure to pick up the points having lost two of their opening three league fixtures. And he’ll do so with the possibility of the sack hanging over his head.
United went into the new season with reasons to be optimistic, having finished third in the Premier League table on Solskjaer’s watch last term.
But, so far, things have been nothing short of abysmal.
United have lost two of their opening three league matches, against Crystal Palace and Tottenham respectively, with the 6-1 loss to Spurs particularly chastening.
And, ahead of the match against Newcastle, the Independent say United have sounded Pochettino out.
It’s claimed they’ve done this via intermediaries and that they’re not actively looking to sack Solskjaer just yet.
The report says Ed Woodward likes Solskjaer and admires his vision for the club but isn’t happy at the club’s torrid start to the new campaign, with just three points on the board.
And while Pochettino hasn’t been approached about actually taking over, that dialogue has been initiated isn’t a good sign.
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United know sacking Solskjaer would rankle with the fans given his popularity, with the Norwegian winning silverware galore during his playing days at Old Trafford.
But they’ve shown in the past they won’t hesitate to wield the axe should the Red Devils’ plight continue.
Pochettino has been out of work since leaving Tottenham in October last year and has admirers at Chelsea and Manchester City.
But United would move ahead of their Premier League rivals to secure the Argentine, who feels he has what it takes to steer the club back to the top.
Meanwhile, at a time where Massimiliano Allegri has also been linked with the United job, Louis Saha has spoken out.
And he’s urged the club to stand by Solskjaer, telling Teamtalk: “We are rushing to make a judgement on Ole and that is wrong after three games of the season.
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“You remember when he got the job. Everyone was convinced he had to be given a chance after they beat PSG in the Champions League at the start of 2019. They were playing some great football.
“I played with Ole and maybe you will say I am biased when I defend him.
“But I think we should not forget the really visible improvements we have seen from United in the last year.
“Now things are going in a different way. But it is the start of the season and you have to understand why it is not perfect at this momen.,
“You cannot forget everything that has happened in the last year and sack another manager just because they had a bad start to the season.
“This is not an easy job. It is tough to be manager of Manchester United and live up to the expectations that got with the job.
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“But ditching a manager after three or four games of the season is not the way to go. Changing managers every year or after a bad couple of results doesn’t work.”
“Bruno spoke well the other day we are united and have to stay together, we can’t listen to everyone outside, gotta get on with it.
“Bruno has lost two league games and came in February, it’s been two in quick succession, he’s not used to losing league games – but welcome to Manchester United.
“This is what happens, [people are] gonna try and create a division between us but it’s not gonna happen, this is a group that wants to work together and stick together.”
“Paul’s our player, he’s gonna be here for another two years and sure he’s focused on doing his best for us and we want to see the best for Paul.
“In the next couple of years I’m sure we’ll get the best out of him.”
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