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Ed Woodward contacts former Tottenham favourite to replace underperforming Solskjaer

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Manchester United make contact with Mauricio Pochettino to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

According to the Daily Star, Manchester United have established contact with former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino to take over as the manager from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Solskjaer took over the reins at Manchester United in December 2018 following the sacking of Jose Mourinho. Under the Norwegian, the club have shown some progress, finishing third in the Premier League last season, while making the semi-finals of three cup competitions.

However, the manner in which United have started the new season has brought Solskjaer’s position under the scanner. In three Premier League games in 2020/21, the Red Devils have lost two and just won one, shipping in a whopping 11 goals in the process.

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The 1-6 defeat at the hands of Mourinho’s Tottenham at Old Trafford was one of the worst results in the club’s history. It also marked the first time ever that the club had conceded four goals in the first half of a Premier League fixture.

The manner in which Manchester United succumbed against the London outfit has led to questions over Solskjaer’s suitability to the job. (h/t Daily Star)

Ed Woodward doesn’t want to axe the Norwegian during the current international break. However, if results don’t improve over the next month, the CEO will, in all likelihood, sack the former United striker. And he has lined up Pochettino to replace the current manager. (h/t Daily Star)

Pochettino has been without a club since he was let go of by Tottenham in November last year. It is claimed that Woodward is a huge fan of the Argentine’s work and has made contact with his camp over the possibility of replacing Solskjaer. (h/t Daily Star)

Mauricio Pochettino has been identified as Solskjaer's potential replacement
Mauricio Pochettino has been identified as Solskjaer’s potential replacement

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It is true that the team hasn’t made the best of the starts to this season. But holding the manager accountable for all of it would be wrong. A number of players have been terribly poor, while Woodward himself is at fault for bungling United’s summer transfer window.

Yet, it is perhaps easier for the club to just replace the manager, once again. So if results don’t improve once the Premier League returns after the international break, Ole might not remain at the wheel anymore.