Next Manchester United Manager: Mauricio Pochettino now odds-on to replace under-fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 06 October 2020, 11:07

Buckle up Man United fans, as it’s that time of year when your club is bombarded with managerial speculation.

In recent years the month of October has proved to be a perilous one for the incumbent of the Man Utd hot seat.

In October 2018 the heat was on Jose Mourinho, who ended September with a shocking 3-1 defeat at West Ham, while he then looked to be toast after Newcastle made the trip down to Old Trafford and exploded out of the blocks; scoring twice in the opening 10 minutes.

Man Utd were able to stage a late comeback, and while results gradually improved, come December Mourinho had been sacked.

Then, last year, it was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time to sweat under the scorching spotlight as United endured a six game winless run from September into October. They again lost at West Ham, were held by the likes of Rochdale and AZ Alkmaar, before they stumbled to a deflating defeat at Newcastle; a result which left United just two points above the drop zone, and Solskjaer dangling dangerously at 2/1 in the Sack Race.

A 1-1 draw against Liverpool - who at the time hadn’t dropped a single point - carved back a slice of credibility. Solskjaer then steered his side out of stormy waters, although he’s been frequently plagued by the availability of Mauricio Pochettino ever since the Argentine left Spurs in November 2019.

The rumours quietened down somewhat between January and August (2020) as a Bruno Fernandes inspired United enjoyed a cracking run of form under Solskjaer, however the speculation is now back with a bang following a woeful start to the season during which 16th-placed United have lost two of their opening three Premier League matches, which includes that shellshock 6-1 hammering at home to Mourinho’s Tottenham.


Could Mauricio Pochettino soon return to the Premier League?

United’s underwhelming summer transfer window has piled the pressure on Solskjaer - the current 6/4 favourite in the next Premier League manager to leave market - so much so that on Monday night media reports claimed that chief executive Ed Woodwaod had already made contact with the representatives of Pochettino, whose odds were subsequently slashed to just 2/5 in the next Man Utd manager market.

But while the paper claims Solskjaer won’t be axed in the current international break, it could be a different situation should United fail to improve during a tricky run of fixtures against Newcastle, PSG, Chelsea, RB Leipzig and Arsenal clustered within the next four weeks.

The period to therefore keep an eye on could be the next international break, which takes place in November.

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