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Man United need to act fast to land preferred managerial target

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Mauricio Pochettino

Manchester United will need to act first if they are serious about Mauricio Pochettino

According to The Express, Manchester United will need to act fast if they are serious about landing Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentine manager has been without a job since parting ways with Tottenham Hotspur last year. Given our poor start to the season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position has come under scrutiny.

One name linked to taking over from him is Pochettino. However, it would appear that we are not the only team in the fray.

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

According to The Evening Standard, the 48-year-old is not averse to taking over at Barcelona. The report goes on to add that Pochettino has already rejected the Catalans twice this year.

The first was in January this year following the departure of Ernesto Valverde. The second came more recently in August when Quique Setien was sacked.

The reason for his rejection was more because he did not consider the timing or the current situation at Barca to be right. He had previously stated he would never manage the Catalan club given his former affiliation to Espanyol.

It would however appear that he has had a change of heart. The report goes on to say that Pochettino now regrets saying that managing Barca is something he would never do.

Manchester United will need to act fast if they are serious about landing Mauricio Pochettino.
Will Manchester United replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Mauricio Pochettino (Getty Images)

This could spell a problem for United if Barcelona decide to shake up their management. Ed Woodward recently came out in support of Solskjaer and confirmed the Norwegian has the club’s backing.

United are however in the 14th spot in the Premier League. Unless there is a drastic improvement in the weeks to come, Solskajer may very well force the club into pulling the trigger.

Whether Pochettino will be available then remains to be seen.

Manchester United CEO Ed Woodward
Will Ed Woodward pull the plug?

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Barcelona recently brought in Ronald Koeman to take charge of the club. With a new president set to take charge, the Catalans could choose to part ways with the Dutchman in favour of Pochettino.

Woodward has shown a lack of initiative in signing players. Whether that also extends to the managerial position is anyone’s question.