Sir Alex wants this ex-Premier League tactician to become new Manchester United manager

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Sir Alex Ferguson and Gary Neville.

Sir Alex Ferguson appears to be favouring Mauricio Pochettino for the managerial position at Manchester United Reuters/Carl Recine

Sir Alex Ferguson has put forward Mauricio Pochettino as his top choice for Manchester United’s managerial position, reports indicate.

The season is over, the footballers are already off to their vacations, and yet Manchester United’s end-of-the-season review continues to drag on.

Current boss Erik ten Hag’s Old Trafford future remains up in the air, and United sources insist that no firm decision has been reached regarding the Dutchman.

As the new United hierarchy continues to explore potential candidates, names such as Gareth Southgate, Thomas Tuchel, Roberto De Zerbi and Graham Potter have emerged as persons of interest for the INEOS co-owners.

However, legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson appears to have his own pick for the hot seat: Argentine tactician Mauricio Pochettino.

Pochettino perfect for the pivotal post, per Manchester United legend Sir Alex

According to HITC, Sir Alex Ferguson sees Mauricio Pochettino as the ideal candidate to take over the helm at Old Trafford as he ‘continues to press the case’ for the ex-Chelsea boss.

Besides his influential legacy at Old Trafford, Ferguson is also believed to have significant sway with minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe. Their close relationship was evident when the two were seen sitting together during the 2024 FA Cup final, where the Reds secured victory against Manchester City.

Ferguson also shares a strong connection with Pochettino. Their association has been apparent to the public since 2016, when the two were spotted having lunch together at a London restaurant.

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At the time, Pochettino called the meeting “a dream come true” while downplaying any discussions about the United job.

Now, sources close to the former Southampton and Tottenham manager indicate that Pochettino is eager to return to management, despite having left Chelsea at the end of the recently-concluded season.

Even during the off-season, Pochettino has kept his tactical acumen sharp, managing the ‘Rest of the World XI’ in the SoccerAid charity match at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

But will the new Manchester United hierarchy listen to Sir Alex’s advice? Only time will tell.