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Man United legend addresses speculations of managerial change at the club



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Rio Ferdinand dismisses speculations of Manchester United approaching Mauricio Pochettino

As reported by the Metro, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has rubbished speculations that the club is ready to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as the new manager.

After a middling start to the new season, current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finds himself under pressure.

The back-to-back defeats to Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir over the last fortnight led to calls of him getting the sack, although some pressure did alleviate after United’s 3-1 comeback win against Everton this past weekend.

Is Solskjaer fighting for his Manchester United future?
Is Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in danger?

However, speculations of Manchester United appointing former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino have been mounting of late. Ferdinand, though, has dismissed those speculations, claiming the rumours to be disrespectful to Solskjaer. (h/t Metro)

“People touting about that Pochettino has been spoken to. I’ve got it from a really, really, really good source that there’s been no conversations and they wouldn’t disrespect Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in that manner.”

Pochettino has been without a job since being sacked by Tottenham in November last year. He was replaced by former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho at the north London outfit.

This is not the first time that Pochettino has been linked with the managerial hotseat at United. He was the club’s first-choice to replace Mourinho after he was sacked in 2018, but it was Solskjaer who was brought in. (h/t Metro)

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

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A few results have gone against us this season. However, one cannot deny that there has been progress achieved under Ole, especially in terms of the recruitment as well as promoting youth players.

Having led us to a third-place finish last season, the Norwegian deserves a bit more time at the helm to get things right. But this is a result-oriented business and a few more poor outcomes and things might get grim for the baby-faced assassin.