Manchester United are looking for a manager all over again, as tends to happen pretty frequently during the Ed Woodward era.

We wrote at the weekend that Woodward should go immediately and play no part in Manchester United’s manager search. He has done enough damage.

Woodward is very stubborn, as United fans have come to regretfully learn.

Sky Sports reported on Monday that Woodward could delay his departure to ‘help’ appoint a new manager.

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Woodward is currently scheduled to depart his chief executive role at the end of December.

United’s current plan, communicated by the club, was to hire an interim boss now, and then a permanent manager later, a search which would drag into 2022.

So naturally Woodward believes he can assist the club with that search by staying on – even though United supporters want him gone as soon as possible.

 

Early Pochettino arrival negates Ed’s reason to stay

The big surprise in Manchester United’s managerial search so far is the volume of reports linking Mauricio Pochettino with an early desire to join the club right away.

BBC Sport and The Mail report Pochettino is ready to quit PSG now and take up the United post.

This will cut out the need for United to hire an interim boss, solving the managerial riddle once and for all.

The search will not drag on to 2022, and there will be no reason for Ed Woodward to extend his stay. In fact, he could go immediately.

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This would be the biggest bonus of all from hiring Pochettino early, to help cleanse the club of Woodward earlier.

No doubt, he will find some other excuse to hang around. There’s a suspicion Woodward does not want to leave, United are yet to announce a successor.

Taking advantage of Pochettino’s reported desire to come in right away would remove one excuse for Woodward to stay, at least.

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