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POCH LINED UP? Clock is ticking for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer despite reports he still has the backing of Old Trafford chiefs


Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

Manchester United insiders have insisted they remain fully behind manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, despite fresh speculation that Mauricio Pochettino could be in line to replace him at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer's position as United manager has come under scrutiny after a disastrous start to the season reached breaking point in recent days, with last Sunday's 1-0 home defeat against Arsenal backed up by a woeful Champions League display in a 2-1 loss against Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday.

Sky Sports sources were informed on Thursday that Solskjaer retains the backing of the club, yet the appearance Pochettino as a pundit on Sky Sports on Monday night gave him a platform to confirm he is ready to return to the game almost a year after he was sacked by Tottenham.

"I always feel ready to get back involved in the game. I love football, it’s my job," said Pochettino.

"It's not a stress when you are working, it’s not a stress to go into the training ground, it’s not a stress to prepare the game, it’s not a stress to compete."

When asked whether he wanted his next job to be in England amid suggestions that he has held talks with a club over a potential return to the game in recent weeks he responded: "I am not going to close any door. I learnt when I really, really young that football will dictate the way.

"I am waiting to feel which is the right project for us to take. We are living in a very crazy life at the moment and all is completely different, not just in football.

"My energy is full and I would love to be involved in the game, but at the same time I need to understand it’s not a good moment and you need to wait for the right project.

"For sure football will bring what football wants and I will be open to everything."


Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Photo: Getty Images

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Photo: Getty Images

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Photo: Getty Images

While Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl has been linked with the Old Trafford job in recent days, there is an expectation that the Pochettino would be top of United's wanted list if they decide to make a change.

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Yet sundayworld.com have been informed by sources close to United that reports suggesting Pochettino has already been approached about taking over from Solskjaer are 'just wrong'.

It now seems that United's game at Everton on Saturday will be a crunch moment for Solskjaer, as his increasingly fragile grip on power appears to be slipping.

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