Mauricio Pochettino is one of the frontrunners for the Manchester United job, with BBC Sport reporting he is even keen on the job now.

Pochettino would replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a manager who he faced once during his time at Tottenham.

Solskjaer won that meeting 1-0, with the game played at Wembley. Marcus Rashford scored the winning goal, while David de Gea produced a stunning individual performance to keep a clean sheet.

At the time, January 2019 Solskjaer was interim boss, and he was asked whether Pochettino should be a contender, in the lead up to the fixture.

It was a little of an unfair question, with Solskjaer believing in himself, and he did not give much away – but he did acknowledge why the Argentine was and still is, a credible contender.

Solskjaer told BBC Sport: “It’s not my job to rate different managers but he has done a very good job. The speculation is there for a reason.”

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Pochettino achieved without final reward

Pochettino’s time at Tottenham ended the same way Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s did at Manchester United, without a trophy.


The resources however, were very different. Pochettino’s Tottenham reached the Champions League final in 2019, after a summer in 2018 in which he was not given a single penny to spend.

Pochettino took over Spurs in 2014, replacing Tim Sherwood, who had been an interim boss after Andre Villas-Boas.

From there he turned Tottenham into one of the top teams in England, and briefly in Europe, with scant resources, leaning on academy players in addition to the players he did buy.

Even after Pochettino was sacked by Spurs in 2019 after a poor start to the season, Gary Neville, usually staunchly loyal to Solskjaer, did not shy away from the manager being the right option.

Neville was quoted by The MEN: ” I personally said two and a half years ago when Louis Van Gaal got sacked at United that Pochettino should be appointed before Jose Mourinho, so I can’t sit here now and say that I don’t think he’d be the right person for a football club.”

It seems likely that Pochettino will end up at Manchester United one way or another. Whether that proves to be now, or later, remains to be seen.

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