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.

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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.

Next Manchester United Manager Odds

Mauricio Pochettino

Previous Team: Tottenham Hotspur


Massimiliano Allegri

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Julian Nagelsmann

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Laurent Blanc

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Ralf Rangnick

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Brendan Rodgers

Current Team: Leicester City


Michael Carrick

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Gareth Southgate

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Erik Ten Hag

Current Team: Ajax


Carlo Ancelotti

Current Team: Everton


Rafael Benitez

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Phil Neville

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Chris Wilder

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Thomas Tuchel

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Eddie Howe

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Zinedine Zidane

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Arsene Wenger

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Nicky Butt

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Nuno Santo

Current Team: Wolverhampton Wanderers


Diego Simeone

Current Team: Atletico Madrid


Antonio Conte

Current Team: Internazionale


Didier Deschamps

Current Team: France


Joachim Low

Current Team: Germany


Jose Mourinho

Current Team: Tottenham Hotspur


Pep Guardiola

Current Team: Manchester City


Roy Keane

Previous Team: Ipswich Town


Daniel Farke

Current Team: Norwich City


Paulo Fonseca

Current Team: Roma


Ernesto Valverde

Previous Team: Barcelona


Ryan Giggs

Current Team: Wales


Mikel Arteta

Current Team: Arsenal


Sean Dyche

Current Team: Burnley


Ralph Hasenhuttl

Current Team: Southampton


Jurgen Klopp

Current Team: Liverpool


Roberto Martinez

Current Team: Belgium


Gary Neville

Previous Team: Valencia


Carlos Queiroz

Current Team: Colombia


Marco Rose

Current Team: Borussia Monchengladbach


Marco Silva

Previous Team: Everton


Steve Bruce

Current Team: Newcastle United


David Moyes

Current Team: West Ham United


Paul Scholes

Current Team: Salford City


Ed Woodward

Previous Team: None


Sam Allardyce

Previous Team: Everton


Steven Gerrard

Current Team: Rangers


Mark Hughes

Previous Team: Southampton


David Beckham

Previous Team: None


John Terry

Previous Team: None


Neil Warnock

Current Team: Middlesbrough


Odds Correct as of 2020-10-28 18:06:19
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