Man Utd make approach for Solskjaer’s successor, claim MEN

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Mauricio Pochettino has been approached by Manchester United with a view to taking over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, claims a report.

The Manchester Evening News claim “United have made contact with Pochettino’s representatives” amid a run of poor results for the club.

United’s dismal start to the Premier League has seen the Norwegian come under fire, but two back-to-back wins over PSG and RB Leipzig had eased the burden.

However, Wednesday’s defeat to surprise defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir and the farcical manner in which they conceded the first goal have heaped the pressure on the United boss.

Asked if he feared for his job on Wednesday night, Solskjaer laughed and then said: “You know, I decline to comment on such a thing.

“Of course it’s early on and, you know, opinions are out there all the time. You’ve got to stay strong.

“I’m employed by the club to do a job and I do that to the best of my ability with our staff.”

United publicly have supported Solskjaer and that was the case prior to the defeat in Turkey and remain reluctant to axe Solskjaer mid-season.

However, the game at Everton looks a big one and is United’s last game for two weeks due to the November internationals.

That’s a period that is seen as most suitable for sacking managers and a defeat at Goodison could be bad news for the Norwegian.

Poch open

Speaking as a guest on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show, Pochettino said life in football is “not a stress” and he is looking forward to returning soon.

“I am looking forward to be involved in the game, I love the game,” Pochettino 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.”

United would not have to pay Pochettino’s former club Tottenham a compensation fee either. That clause in his Spurs deal ended in May.

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