Paul Merson outlines why Mauricio Pochettino should become next Man United manager
The Arsenal legend believes the Mauricio Pochettino should seize the chance to become Manchester United manager
Paul Merson has encouraged Mauricio Pochettino to become the next Manchester United manager if given the opportunity to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Tottenham Hotspur manager has been regularly linked with the Old Trafford position over the past couple of months since Jose Mourinho’s demise at the 20-time English champions.
However, Pochettino was even touted as a potential candidate to become Manchester United manager as far back as 2016 when Louis van Gaal lost his job at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils appointed Solskjaer on an interim basis until the end of the Premier League season after Mourinho was sacked following a 3-1 loss at Liverpool FC in December.
The former Manchester United striker has led the Red Devils to five successive victories in all competitions to earn plenty of plaudits over the past month or so.
Pochettino, though, remains the frontrunner to secure the job on a permanent basis, having led Tottenham to three successive top-four finishes.
Former Arsenal midfielder Merson outlined why Pochettino should seize the chance to become Manchester United manager if Tottenham manager is given the opportunity.
“If I was Pochettino I would take the Manchester United job if it was offered to him. Manchester United have more chance of winning the league in the next five years than Tottenham,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“Manchester United is the biggest club in the world. It’s like the England manager’s job being offered to an Englishman. It comes along once in a blue moon and it may never happen again.
“I probably could understand if he didn’t because Manchester United are a million miles away from challenging at the moment and they are a million miles behind Manchester City. I understand why that would put him off, but so are Tottenham. They may only be four points behind City at the moment but they are a long way off being champions.
“You got to weigh it all up. Spurs have almost moved into their new stadium but Christian Eriksen looks like he could be on his way, that would be a massive loss. Danny Rose has not signed a contract, it would be a loss if he goes. And then there’s Toby Alderweireld, who has signed an extension but that only means his transfer fee is worth more.
“If they all go the squad looks thin.”
Merson added that Pochettino could still end up at Real Madrid, having also been linked with los Blancos since Zinedine Zidane’s departure.
“Real Madrid are in crisis – fifth in the league and miles behind Barcelona – something is going to change there and who are they going to come and look for?” Merson added.
“Who is one of the best centre forwards in the world? Harry Kane.
“If Pochettino doesn’t go to Manchester United, could he go to Real Madrid? It’s worrying times.”
Manchester United haven’t won the Premier League title since 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson stood down as manager.
The Red Devils have won the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Europa League in the post Ferguson years.