ESPN journalist Julien Laurens says he is certain that Mauricio Pochettino will be Manchester United manager at the start of next season.
The former Tottenham boss has been out of work since November, and the Argentine has said he would like to return to work in the Premier League. Asked about the Red Devils’ interest in the 47-year-old, Laurens was pretty emphatic about what the future holds for Spurs’s former head coach:
“I’m convinced that Pochettino will be the manager of Manchester United next season. I’ve got no doubt that they have either, already been talking, or there will be talks very soon, between Pochettino and [Ed] Woodward, and people at United.”
Fans on Twitter are pretty excited by the prospect of Pochettino taking up the hot seat at Old Trafford:
— ا̍حۡــمۘــد (@iLMancunian) 11 February 2020
Matter of time pic.twitter.com/rFTSUDJy9m
— 𝔽ℝ𝕌𝕊𝕋ℝ𝔸𝕋𝔼𝔻 𝕄𝔸ℕ 𝕌𝕋𝔻 𝔽𝔸ℕ (@seun_weezy) 11 February 2020
me and the lads when he gets announced pic.twitter.com/rzcRrZK6H9
— Kieran🔴 (@LieUziVert) 11 February 2020
it’s probably done and dusted, just waiting for the end of the season now
— 𝔞𝔫𝔡𝔯𝔢 (@LaPiocheSZN) 11 February 2020
@vallyflair seems the rumours are gathering momentum
— Galadriel's Side Nigga (@crazywanderer_) 12 February 2020
— 🔴reddevil09🔴 (@ReddevilTrue) 12 February 2020
I think it's obvious and I wouldn't be surprised if Solskjaer has already been told of the plans. Would Ole make a good Director of football though?
— Raj Natalia (@raj_natalia) 12 February 2020
— JOE JUDGE STAN (@the_judge_99) 12 February 2020
At the moment, it does appear that the United board are backing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the Norwegian’s attempts to rebuild the squad, but it remains to be seen what will happen at the end of the season.
If the Manchester club do not qualify for the Champions League and falter badly in the second half of the campaign, calls for Pochettino to be appointed will likely reach fever pitch, and it seems some journalists believe there will be no other outcome this summer.