Mauricio Pochettino 'doesn't suit Manchester United' says pundit
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Manchester United have had a difficult season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer so far. They’re eight points behind Chelsea in the Premier League, already out of the Carabao Cup and have relied on Cristiano Ronaldo to save them in the Champions League. And, amid their woes, links to Mauricio Pochettino have surfaced once again.
It’s a saga that never seems to die.
United have admired Pochettino for a number of years, being first impressed by the Argentine during his time with Southampton.
While the current Paris Saint-Germain manager was at Tottenham, the links were constant. Both Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho often found themselves being tipped to lose their jobs, with Pochettino regularly touted as their replacement.
Now, we’ve gone full circle again.
With United struggling for consistency under Solskjaer, Pochettino’s name has again emerged as a possible option to take over.
Obviously, due to his commitments in France, any appointment wouldn’t be easy. Especially given the money involved.
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But United are still keeping tabs on Pochettino’s situation and, therefore, the possibility of him taking over at Old Trafford in the foreseeable future won’t be ruled out.
And, in Ronaldo, they already have a player the Argentine has waxed lyrical over.
Speaking in 2017, before his Tottenham side were due to meet Real Madrid in the Champions League, Pochettino made his feelings on the Portugal international known.
And he was extremely complimentary in what he said, saying: “He’s a phenomenon.
“He has been awarded ‘The Best’ and the truth is that he deserves it.
“In addition to his qualities as a professional, he is an example.
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“He never tires of repeating that the secret is to work hard, to strive, to take care of himself.
“Every player should apply it.”
Pochettino also compared Ronaldo to Harry Kane, insisting they share the same mindset and desire to reach the top.
“I do not know Cristiano in depth, but he gives me the same feeling as Harry,” he said.
“They are very similar in terms of professionalism. They understand that we must strive to achieve success.
“He [Kane] has a similar mentality.”
Now, whether United are able to get Pochettino in the door remains to be seen.
Solskjaer has come through every crisis at Old Trafford so far, often getting a result when he really needs one.
But pressure is now at an all time high, especially after he received big transfer backing in the summer.
United are next in action against Manchester City on Saturday.
And, should they fail to beat their fierce rivals, calls for Solskjaer to lose his job will only grow in volume.
Ahead of that match, Pep Guardiola has praised Ronaldo and insisted he’s one of the best players the game has ever seen.
“I didn’t see the United match [against Atalanta],” he said following his side’s 4-1 win over Club Brugge on Wednesday night.
“I’m going to analyse and to see what they are so I know how good they are.
“We saw it last season. They have one of the best players in history, a guy who can be a scoring machine.”
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