Sheffield United could put the odds hugely in Mauricio Pochettino’s favour, should they find a way past Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Man Utd this weekend, says Chris Waddle.
Man Utd travel for the weekend fixture, at the back of an impressive run before the international break. However, Solskjaer will be under more pressure this time, with long term target Mauricio Pochettino now apparently knocking on the door.
Solskjaer secured his job permanently, thanks to Pochettino’s refusal to quit Tottenham Hotspur in the past season. The manager has however now been relieved of his duties and could easily be tapped by the red devils.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to have Man Utd on the right path, following recent impressive performances. However, Former Tottenham star Chris Waddle believes those links will surely return, should Man Utd go back to their old self at the weekend.
“Mauricio Pochettino won’t be out of work for long and there’s a game at Bramall Lane this weekend which could be massive for his future,” Chris told the Racing Post.
“Sheffield United take on Manchester United in a game which has far bigger implications than just the three points.
“United have never made any secret of the fact that they wanted Pochettino and he’s now suddenly available.”
He added: “Under Solskjaer, United are showing signs of turning a corner.
“Dan James is blossoming, Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford are starting to dominate games and Nemanja Matic is fit again. Things are looking up for Solskjaer – or they were until Spurs sacked Pochettino.
“Defeat at Sheffield United on Sunday suddenly ratchets up the pressure on Solskjaer, there will be a feeding frenzy from the media, and it will be interesting to see if United’s board reacts.
“United wouldn’t be alone in wanting Pochettino. Bayern Munich have to be tempted, he has links with Paris Saint-Germain and obviously, there’s the lure of Spain.”
Ahead of the meeting with Sheffield United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer however laughed off the speculations, saying he’s got the best job in the world.
“It [Pochettino] doesn’t bother me at all,” Solskjaer said. “I’ve got the best job in the world and if you’re in or out of a job you want this job, so it doesn’t really matter whatever happens around it.”
The Norwegian surely has Man Utd in the right path, or so it seems. However, the effect of Spurs sacking Mauricio Pochettino, means more pressure on Ole, whether or not it’s a fact he fails to admit.