Speculation is growing once again that Mauricio Pochettino could be set to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.
The former Tottenham boss has long been linked with the top job at Old Trafford, and is known to be desperate to return to management after being out of the game since his sacking from Spurs almost a year ago.
A bad result against Everton this weekend could well see Solskjaer being given his marching orders, and the Manchester Evening News claim that an approach to Pochettino has already been made by United.
This is not the first time the Argentine has been linked with the United job, and he was first touted for the role when Jose Mourinho was fired in December 2018.
At that time Pochettino was still at Spurs, and refused to give much away when asked if he would be tempted by a switch to the Red Devils.
When asked by reporters, he replied: “It’s not my business what happens with another club. I only want to send my best wishes to Jose.
“I think after five years there’s a lot of rumours that happen in my position here like a manager in Tottenham and I cannot answer this type of question because this type of rumour happens in this business in football.
“That business we know very well, a lot of rumours happen, but it’s not my business. It’s not my business what happens at another club.”
Pochettino was asked once again about United following their slow start to the 2019-20 season, and again distanced himself while refusing to completely rule himself out of the running.
“In five and a half years, every single press conference, we are talking about my future,” he said.
“I hope because we are still talking, it means that I am going to spend five years more here, at least.
“I accept the opinions. It is normal that the game has created a lot of opinions and rumours, everyone needs to talk.”
Pochettino’s dismissal from Spurs in November prompted further suggestions he would be Manchester-bound in a not too distant future.
But only recently have they intensified once again, with the 48-year-old appearing on Sky Sports earlier this week to declare himself ready to return.
“I am looking forward to be involved in the game, I love the game,” he said.
“We are inside, working, but it’s not the same as being involved every day. Working with your staff, working with players – always you miss that, that’s the reality.
“I love football, it’s my passion, not my job. It’s not a stress to work in football. It is not a stress to go to training. It’s not a stress to prepare the team. It’s not a stress to compete.”
It was as clear of a come-and-get-me-plea as Pochettino could have made, and there appears to be no doubt that he would be delighted to take over one of the biggest clubs in the world.
Now all eyes turn to Goodison Park on Saturday to see whether Solskjaer’s fate will be sealed.
If it is, there appears to be the perfect replacement waiting in the background.
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