Man Utd make Mauricio Pochettino their ‘No 1 target’ after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United sack Ole Gunnar after Watford defeat

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Manchester United have made Mauricio Pochettino their No 1 target to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to reports. Solskjaer was sacked by United on Sunday morning following Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Watford. The Red Devils have said they are set to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season.

Pochettino has long been linked with the United job, dating back to his time in charge at Tottenham.

The Argentine is currently in his first full season as manager of Paris Saint-Germain.

And United appear prepared to wait until next summer before bringing him to Old Trafford.

Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol says Pochettino is at the top of the wishlist for United.

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is the second option for the Glazers.

“My information is that the manager that Manchester United want is not available at the moment,” Solhekol said.

“And their No 1 choice to be their next manager is Mauricio Pochettino, who is obviously at PSG at the moment and is unavailable.

“In the statement they make it clear they’re looking for an interim manager until the end of the season.

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“I think that points towards the fact that the man they want at the moment is not available. And my information is that man is Mauricio Pochettino

“I’ve also been told that their No 2 target after Mauricio Pochettino is Erik Ten Hag, the Ajax manager. Again, someone who is not available at the moment.”

Meanwhile, United legend Gary Neville has lamented the lack of planning from the United owners following the sacking of Solskjaer.

Neville said: “They don’t have a plan for the next manager at this moment in time because obviously they wouldn’t be announcing that they’re appointing an interim manager until the end of the season, or that Michael Carrick would be coming in now.

“We’ve seen managers lose their jobs in the last few weeks – Nuno [Espirito Santo] and Dean Smith at Aston Villa – where there have been plans in place and ready-made replacements to come in. Manchester United haven’t got that plan.

“This is the third time now I think in the last eight years that a manager has been given a long-term contract or extension and lost their job within a few months. So the planning hasn’t been great.

“I don’t really want to, to be fair, stick the knife in today to the club’s owners, to the club’s hierarchy.

“But you have to ask serious questions, you have to ask serious questions.

“I’ve had enough of it to be honest with you. I’ve spoken too much about it over the last few years.”

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