Jamie Redknapp: Mauricio Pochettino is still the favourite for the Manchester United job
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has said that Mauricio Pochettino remains the favourite for the Manchester United job ahead of the summer. The Argentine has been with Tottenham Hotspur for the past four-and-a-half seasons but Redknapp believes the 47-year-old will take up a fresh challenge when the campaign concludes.
Speaking on Sky Sports News, Redknapp suggested that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s credentials may be questioned in the forthcoming months, should United continue with the recent dip in form. He added that such a case should bring Pochettino back into the fray with the Argentine highly regarded by the United hierarchy.
He said: “Should this dip become a slump, United finish outside the top four and fail to win the Champions League, they will not ride into next season on a wave of positivity. There would surely be question marks over whether Solskjaer could challenge [Man] City and Liverpool for the title. Matters have been complicated by the return of Zinedine Zidane to Real Madrid. Now that door has closed to Mauricio Pochettino, United are in pole position to try to tempt him away from Tottenham.”
“Solskjaer took over the managerial reigns on a temporary basis in December after Jose Mourinho was asked from the head coach role" . Since then, he has managed to change the club’s fortunes with a strong run of form but recent defeats against Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers have some “what halted their campaign" before the international break.
The defeat against the Gunners have witnessed them drop two points off the top four in the Premier League and they now have to play catch up to the teams above them. Meanwhile, the Wolves setback has ousted them from the FA Cup at the quarter final, and the Champions League remains the sole source of silverware for them for the rest of the season.