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Sir Alex Ferguson’s choice to replace Ole Gunnar Solksjaer if Man United sack Manager

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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.’

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Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag

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Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

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Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club

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Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

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Confirmed: Chelsea ready to make late bid to hijack another Arsenal transfer

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Chelsea will make a late attempt to scupper Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Mikhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners have submitted their third bid for the Ukraine international winger and hope an offer of £62m before add-ons, which take the deal closer to £70m, will be enough to break the deadlock between the two clubs.

Chelsea’s interest in the 21-year-old winger was earlier this week described only as ‘exploratory’ but ESPN now claim that Todd Boehly will test the waters and attempt to throw a spanner in the works for the Premier League leaders.

Shakhtar’s technical director Darijo Srna was pictured at Stamford Bridge last week as he watched Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City and Boehly would have little issue with meeting an asking price which is closer to £88million.

Arsenal are said to be confident that their latest bid for Mudryk will be enough to finally secure the services of their No.1 January target, but have already been beaten to the punch once this month by their west London rivals.

Chelsea won the race to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid amid competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Portugal international’s promising debut ended in devastating fashion when he was sent off just shy of the hour mark for a dangerous challenge on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.

Felix will now miss the next three games through suspension as the problems mount for Chelsea’s under-fire manager Graham Potter.

‘It sums up where we are at the moment – everything that can go wrong, is going wrong,’ Potter said after Chelsea’s 2-1 west London derby defeat.

‘It was a forward’s tackle from Joao, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment.

‘He was really good you could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us because he was looking dangerous throughout.

‘I don’t think there was too much malice in it and it is an unfortunate action and we are going to lose him now for three games.’

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