Manchester United have promised to give Mauricio Pochettino time ahead of his potential appointment, reports say. The Glazers, Richard Arnold and other members of the board are currently exploring their options as they plan for a brighter future. Ralf Rangnick has been placed in charge until the summer but isn’t under consideration when it comes to securing the job on a permanent basis.
It’s been a wretched season for United so far.
Big things were expected when they signed the likes of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo from Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Juventus respectively during the summer transfer window.
Yet United have endured a tough campaign, struggling under both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Rangnick.
Now, Pochettino is currently seen as the frontrunner when it comes to taking over at the end of the campaign.
The Argentine is contracted to Paris Saint-Germain until 2023 yet there’s a sense the Ligue 1 giants will cut ties as early as next month should they fail to beat Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Should United hire Pochettino, it will be the end of a decade-long pursuit of the Argentine.
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“If it is him, he will be given time,” a senior source is quoted as saying by the publication.
United have gone through four permanent managers in the years since Ferguson upped and left away, promising each one time before pulling the trigger instead.
Moyes was given the job in 2013 on a six-year deal but lasted just 10 months before being relieved of his duties following a failure to secure Champions League football.
Louis van Gaal won the FA Cup and got two years but was axed 12 months ahead of schedule.
United tied Mourinho down to a big new contract in March 2018 but ended up sacking the Portuguese just seven months down the line.
And it was a similar story with Solskjaer, who was given an extension before the start of the current season prior to losing his job in November.
United, right now, remain very much a work in progress.
They have A-list players at Old Trafford but they’re unlikely to win a trophy this term, with the Premier League title already out of reach and the club eliminated from the FA Cup and Carabao Cup so far.
Whether they can salvage something from their campaign remains to be seen.
Yet Rangnick insists his team must avoid dropping more points if they’re to finish in the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League.
“We should have been at least 2-0 up at half-time,” Rangnick told MUTV after his side’s 1-1 draw with Burnley on Tuesday night.
“But we said the same after the Middlesbrough game.
“We were doing extremely well on the ball and controlled the game but in the end it’s about winning the game.
“Today with only one point after those 94 minutes, nobody can be happy.
“And above all, if you want to be fourth in the league, we should not lose points like the ones tonight.”
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