The First Thing Pochettino Will Do If He Becomes Man Utd Manager

Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino at half time.

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The end certainly seems near for Jose Mourinho’s tenure at Manchester United.

Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, while not exactly a new result going by the trend of this campaign, seems to have turned the mood deeply sour as to the manner in which the Portuguese tactician is running the club.

There is no doubt that deep-rooted issues exist in Mourinho’s style and the rapport problem he has with Pogba is yet another perplexing woe. To top it all off, a worrying injury-line doesn’t flatter the gaffer’s prospect at all.

As of such, it isn’t hard to see why United may give him the sack at the end of this season and two club legends have already begun considering what life would be like under a different coach.

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Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino has long been hailed as the ideal replacement for Mourinho at Old Trafford.

The gaffer’s player-building approach could do wonders with United, but Roy Keane feels that even he’ll have to dip into the transfer market.


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Keane said on Sky Sports: “I honestly think if Pochettino went into Man United next summer, he would say we need some players to get Man United back to competing at the top level. I think he’d try and get some players more back on side, like Pogba – although I go back to it, he’s got to sort himself out.”

Gary Neville agreed with this point and had a vital one of his own to add: “If you’re coming in as a manager of Manchester United and you’re a big manager coming in, you would look obviously in the dressing room but you’d also sort out above you. You’d want some decent scouts, you’d want to make sure you’ve got the right recruitment guy above you. Because Liverpool, City, Chelsea, Tottenham they’re hammering United hands down in the recruitment side of things.”

Poignantly true words, will we get to see them turn to reality come July?