‘Let’s Be Serious Here Please’ ‘Laughable’ United Fans React As Ornstein Makes Big Claim About Chelsea Boss

Manchester United may consider appointing Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino if they sack Erik ten Hag, according to The Athletic reporter David Ornstein.

The trusted journalist claims that INEOS have held talks with the former Tottenham boss in the past and, if he does leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, he could be a candidate to succeed ten Hag:

“If Mauricio Pochettino is to leave [Chelsea] I’m sure there will be a number of vacancies and people looking at him because of his career so far. I mean, he’s been heavily linked at this club Manchester United in the past.”

“He met with INEOS about the Nice job some time ago, so there are some links there. Maybe his carrot style of management is fitting to the carrot style that INEOS like to exhibit themselves. I’m not saying he is in the frame by any means, but it is just one to watch.”

Fans on X are not particularly keen on Pochettino being hired by United:

Pochettino’s move to Old Trafford seems unlikely

A lot of dominos would have to fall for the Argentine to become a contender for the Manchester United job. Firstly, he would have to be available, which means Chelsea would need to sack him.

Secondly, and more importantly, INEOS would have to dispense with the services of ten Hag, which isn’t 100% guaranteed at this stage. Other candidates may also need to drop out of the running.

Who is currently the favourite to become the next United manager?

Bayern Munich head coach Thomas Tuchel is the bookies’ favourite to replace ten Hag. The German will leave his current team at the end of the season and he has already expressed an interest in returning to England.

It remains to be seen, though, whether Tuchel is the type of appointment that INEOS are looking to make.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.