Mauricio Pochettino is keen on taking the Manchester United job, according to Gary Neville, with the pundit also revealing the two signings he will look to make should he take the Old Trafford job.
The Red Devils are on the hunt for another new manager – their fifth since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013 – following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal. The Norwegian fell on his sword after a dire run of form that resulted in just one win in six. And after a 4-1 humiliation at Watford, there was no way back for the United legend.
Solskjaer left in a dignified manner with an honest and emotional interview from the United fan.
However, beneath the surface, the hard work to get the club in contention for silverware has again begun.
PSG and former Tottenham boss Pochettino emerged soon after Solskjaer’s departure as United’s main target.
And according to reports on Tuesday, United have already begun discussing a compensation fee with PSG.
With things seemingly moving quickly, Neville has revealed exactly why Pochettino is keen on the United job.
“I think Mauricio Pochettino – although he’d never say it – would leave to come to Man Utd on a five-year deal tomorrow,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“He’d look at that group of players, he’d look at the club and he’d realise he’d probably be able to achieve more than he wants at Manchester United in terms of a project.
“At PSG you are on a season by season, ‘you’ve got to win the Champions League or you’re out’, type of model.
“I don’t think that suits Pochettino. I think he would absolutely come to Manchester United on a five-year deal, with backing behind him.”
Neville identifies two signings for Pochettino
Neville also insists the United squad does not need major surgery if they are to challenge for trophies.
And the pundit has named two signings he feels he needs – a new right-back and a new central midfielder.
“I’m not saying Manchester United don’t need strengthening in a few areas but this is a very good group of players who should be able to achieve a lot.
“They are so talented, there’s a lot of youth, but they need someone to come in who is able to harness them. They need bringing together as a group, get them to believe in a way of playing and get some results before the end of the season.
“At the end of the season, I would imagine Manchester United are going to appoint a brand-new manager. He will have to take them forward. But I don’t think Manchester United need upheaval in the dressing room.
“They maybe need strengthening in central midfield. You could also argue there is a right-back issue developing and Aaron Wan-Bissaka needs some competition.
“But, other than that, I would say if Manchester United could get the players they have got fit on the pitch, they will have a great chance of winning a lot of football matches.”