Sir Alex Ferguson wants Mauricio Pochettino as next Manchester United manager if club sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Sir Alex Ferguson wants Mauricio Pochettino to be the next Manchester United manager if the Red Devils decide to sack club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to reports.
Solskjaer is on the brink after Sunday’s embarrassing 5-0 defeat to Liverpool at Old Trafford, with reports claiming the Norwegian has three matches to save his job.
While Solskjaer is expected to be in charge of the team on Saturday when they travel to north London to face Tottenham, the pressure on the manager is at an all-time high and even members of the squad are now questioning the manager.
Manchester United legend Ferguson is still said to be backing his former player to turn things around at the Theatre of Dreams, but has identified his top choice to replace Solskjaer is the club do opt for a change.
The Daily Star say Paris Saint-Germain manager Pochettino is Ferguson’s number one choice should Solskjaer be relieved of his duties, with the Red Devils legend a ‘huge admirer’ of the Argentine.
Pochettino spent five years at Man United’s Premier League rivals Tottenham and, while he failed to win any trophies at Spurs, he established himself as one of the most highly-rated coaches in Europe.
The 49-year-old, who has been repeatedly linked with the Old Trafford job, took over at PSG at the start of the year and extended his contract in the French capital last summer.
But there is a sense that the situation at PSG could quickly unravel as Pochettino looks to end the club’s wait for a Champions League trophy while keeping superstars Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar happy.
With Solskjaer fighting to save his job, former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers have also been linked with Manchester United but the Daily Star say Pochettino is the club’s No. 1 target.
Despite the speculation, there remains a fair chance that Solskjaer will see out this difficult period and last the season, with Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher claiming Manchester United are ‘terrified’ of making a change.
‘Manchester United are terrified to make a change,’ Carragher told Sky Sports after Liverpool’s 5-0 win at Old Trafford.
‘They’re terrified to bring someone in like they did with [Louis] Van Gaal and [Jose] Mourinho and it’s not a Manchester United guy.
‘I think for the Manchester United board right now, I don’t think it’s a case of staying strong, I think it’s a case of actually panicking.’
Carragher added: ‘I feel for Ole – that will be the darkest day in his career. I don’t want to get involved in a slanging match, I know Ole said something back [in response to his criticism] and rightly so.
‘I’m not comfortable saying someone should be sacked – but we are comfortable saying Fred is not good enough or Scott McTominay is not good enough so I do not feel too bad saying Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not good enough.
‘Manchester United need a better manager. Ole is not a manager for Manchester United. He’s done really well but you need someone to take them to the next level.
‘Unfortunately, Solskjaer is not Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola or Thomas Tuchel. It’s staring you in the face.’