We knew this day might come. There are fresh rumors that former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino might be a real target for Manchester United. The Manchester Evening News (MEN) is now reporting that United officials have “made contact” with Pochettino to begin smoothing the way for him to replace Ole Gunnar Solsksjaer, should the Glazer family decide that it is time to part ways with the Baby-Faced Assassin.
MEN previously reported that Pochettino had interest in the United job should it become available, and with Solskjaer’s club currently in a pretty bleak run of form and sitting 15th in the table after seven matches, it’s altogether possible that United might opt to make a change sometime in the short to medium term should results not improve.
Pochettino has been out of work for a year now since being fired as Tottenham manager, and though several high profile jobs have opened and been filled in that time, none have either been of interest to Pochettino or have looked to the Argentine as a replacement. United, though has always seemed like one of the jobs that Poch might be interested in — it’s a huge club that’s underachieving, has scads of money, and a core of solid talent that Pochettino can mold as part of a new “project.” It’s a scary proposition, quite frankly.
This certainly doesn’t (yet) mean that Poch is bringing his high press and bowls of lemons to Manchester, but it’s the strongest indication yet that when Poch does return to football it will be again in the Premier League. Maybe we should all start hoping that United suddenly starts playing better.