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Where Mauricio Pochettino Should Manage Next

It has been almost a year since the long-time Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino got the axe in north London. Since then, he has been without a job even though he recently took Tottenham to the Champions League Final in 2019. Pochettino is still a very good manager, who is great at developing a deadly attack. One team that seems to fit Pochettino well is Manchester United. 

United is currently managed by Ole Gunnar Solskjær, who took over for Jose Mourinho in December of 2018. Since taking over he has helped develop some players such as Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, and even youngster Mason Greenwood. He also brought in efficient attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes to bolster the attack. 

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However, not all has been sunshine and roses for the Red Devils and Solskjær. Solskjær has been accused of not having the best tactics, which costs him games. One of these tactically poor games happened recently, when former United manager Jose Mourinho’s Spurs ransacked United at Old Trafford. Since then, there have been rumors of United possibly moving on from Solskjær. If that is the case, I believe the perfect replacement would be Pochettino. 

Pochettino’s tactical prowess would be perfect for this United team. Fernandes could be used similarly to how Pochettino used prime Christian Eriksen at Tottenham. Tactically, Pochettino likes to have his side control the ball and breakdown teams through a lot of passing and shots. He used Eriksen to play key balls into his attackers. He can now do the same thing with Fernandes, who was a target of his while he was at Tottenham. In his time with Spurs, this attacking play would be seen week in and week out which helped lead Spurs to compete for the Premier League title. This style fits the current United team a lot; Solskjær even employs this tactic, but he does not do it as well as Pochettino. If Manchester United gets Pochettino, it could turn the team around and back into being title contenders in the near future. 

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In addition, Pochettino could probably help out United’s midfield issues. The midfield has been very inconsistent outside Fernandes. I believe Pochettino is much more suited to figure out the midfield situation with Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek, Scott McTominay, Fred and Fernandes. When Tottenham’s midfield was in its prime with Moussa Demeble, Victor Wanyama, Dele and Eriksen, they were very hard to beat. United has talent in the midfield and Pochettino could quickly turn them into a force. 

Finally, the weakest link for Manchester United is their defense. With Pochettino at the helm, I can see him sorting out that quickly. While at Tottenham, he did not have the ability to spend much on transfers. However, at United he will have the funds to bring in players he wants. I can see him being able to sort out the center back situation within two seasons. He also has a good fullback in Aaron Wan-Bissaka. In his best seasons managing Spurs, Pochettino had two very good fullbacks in Kyle Walker and Danny Rose. He already would have one of those if he took over at Manchester United. 

When United decide it is time to move on from Ole Gunnar Solskjær, I truly believe the best move for the club is to hire Mauricio Pochettino. If Pochettino is backed like Solskjær is, he will be able to win some silverware for the Red Devils.

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