Journalist Duncan Castles has revealed that Mauricio Pochettino’s entourage have expected Manchester United to come calling for the Argentine on several occasions in the past.
Pochettino is still without work since parting ways with Tottenham Hotspur almost a year ago, despite being linked with several high profile jobs including the Barcelona (Evening Standard) and Juventus (talkSPORT) hot seats.
Pressure seems to be mounting on Ole Gunnar Solksjaer after the disastrous start that Manchester United have made to the campaign, with the 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham on Sunday doing his prospects no favours.
Some United fans on social media have already called for the club to replace the Norwegian with Pochettino after the humiliation on Sunday.
The former Southampton boss’ name has been linked with the United job in the past and Castles has now revealed that the Red Devils have had their eye on the 48-year-old for several years, even considering him for the job before they hired Mourinho.
“He is somebody they talked to before hiring Jose Mourinho. There have been conversations subsequently.
“There have been situations subsequently where people close to Pochettino expected him to be offered the job – for him to come in and replace Solskjaer.
“That is no surprise given the long period of bad results that Solskajer has delivered during his time as Man Utd manager, he has managed to get out of them.
“He has had some stays of executions and then gone on a run which has some commentators saying ‘everything is sorted. They are playing the right way’.”
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It is quite unbelievable that a manager of Pochettino’s quality has been out of work for over a year, especially given the various managerial changes we have seen at big clubs during that time. The coronavirus situation has not done the Argentine’s job prospects any favours but one does get the feeling that he is waiting for the right club rather than just jumping in. If United’s poor run continues, it does not look like it will be too long before he gets offered the job again.
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