If you were wondering if the links connecting Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino to a move to Manchester United have cooled a little bit, well you’re not wrong. The success of United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has meant that the sense of urgency surrounding potentially luring Pochettino to Manchester has waned significantly. I mean, we haven’t seen a Poch-to-United story in the English media in WEEKS.
And it seems there’s a reason for that. The Evening Standard is reporting that United has actively cooled on Pochettino and that the club is set to begin negotiations with Solskjaer’s agent to make him United’s next permanent manager.
Sounds good to me! And to be fair, OGS has done good things for United this season, effectively putting an arm around the collective shoulders of a United squad completely disenchanted with Jose Mourinho and getting them to actually live up to their talent.
There’s an old football proverb that says “never hire the interim manager” but it might actually be a good thing for everyone involved, at least in the short term. And in a couple of years when United have rubbed the gloss off of their shiny new Norwegian manager and they end up sacking him leading to another couple of years of instability... well, that’d be pretty funny too, wouldn’t it?