Mauricio Pochettino is not he only candidate being considered as a potential replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should the Norwegian be unable to reverse the ailing fortunes of his struggling side.
Manchester United remain adamant that the 47-year-old’s position is not in immediate danger but, according to ESPN, the board have been concerned by the side’s two most recent results.
Arsenal won their first Premier League match at Old Trafford since 2006 last Sunday, keeping a rare clean sheet away from home against an established big six club, while United slipped to an embarrassing 2-1 defeat against Istanbul Basaksehir in midweek.
A victory for Brighton over Burnley this evening would see United start tomorrow’s match at Everton in 16th position in the league and pile additional pressure on Solskjaer.
While executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is reluctant to sack a fourth manager in the space of seven years, the availability of Pochettino, who has been out of work for a year since leaving Tottenham, remains hard to ignore.
The Argentine effectively put himself in the shop window during an appearance on Sky’s Monday Night Football show this week, but the former Southampton boss would not be the only potential successor to Solskjaer.
According to ESPN, RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann has a significant number of admirers at United with his style of expansive, attacking football and his record at developing younger players viewed as major positives.
The 33-year-old played a significant part in turning new Chelsea forward Timo Werner into one of European football’s most potent forwards and has helped nurture the career of France international centre-half Dayot Upamecano who has been coveted by United in the past.
Ironically, Solskjaer got the better of Nagelsmann a week ago when United delivered their most complete performance of the campaign to date, running out 5-1 winners at Old Trafford.
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