It was Everton that put paid to David Moyes six years ago, his former club ending The Chosen One’s 10-month reign with a 2-0 victory at Goodison Park in April 2014. History might repeat itself when another over-promoted Man United manager visits Merseyside this weekend.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs a result or he ‘could be sacked’. The Daily Star write that Ed Woodward is ‘reluctant’ to take Lennie out back and tell him to look across the river but the Norwegian ‘is facing a losing battle to keep his job’.
Mauricio Pochettino is the man waiting in the wings, but ‘he is not prepared to wait forever’ and could leave for PSG if they themselves part with Thomas Tuchel. Man United are ‘desperate’ not to let that happen. Enough so to let him prune the entire squad? Who knows.
IT’S RAINING M.E.N
The Manchester Evening News go further, insisting Pochettino has been ‘approached’ and ‘wants to take over’ at Old Trafford.
That, of course, is in complete contrast with the claim from Sky Sports that Solskjaer ‘retains the support’ of the club’s hierarchy and is ‘still seen as a long-term appointment’.
No-one knows, basically.
POCH AND LEARN
Man United will have to get a move on making that final decision in any event. If PSG don’t snatch Pochettino away then someone will.
And the suits at Old Trafford are ‘fearful’ that team could be Manchester City. That has led to ‘a growing feeling’ throughout Man United that Pochettino ‘must be viewed as a serious alternative’ to Solskjaer, according to the Metro.
They even feel his recent appearance on Sky Sports was ‘to essentially put himself in the shop window’.
But the danger is that City swoop in, with Pep Guardiola entering the final months of his contract and seeming no closer to agreeing an extension. Pochettino is thus seen as ‘ideal’ and a ‘good fit’ for the current squad if a replacement manager is needed.
‘Man United are aware of City’s interest and reluctantly accept that they’d be unable to compete with their neighbours in a direct shootout for Pochettino this summer, hence the attraction of moving for the Argentine now,’ it is added. How the mighty have fallen.