Pochettino, Zidane Wait In The Wings
Manchester United will offer their manager’s job to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if the side knocks Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League.
United take on the French champions and league leaders in the first leg of their Round of 16 clash at Old Trafford the week after next with the return in France three weeks later.
Solskjaer has won eight of his first nine matches as United manager with only a late equaliser against Burnley on Tuesday spoiling his perfect record.
According to The Sun, Solskjaer met with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward last week. But the paper quotes a ‘source’ who contradicted the story by suggesting there was no assurance of a permanent job just yet. However, the ‘source’ added: “the consensus around the training ground is Ole will get the job though with a positive result against PSG.”
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has always been the favourite to land the job permanently. But United know they will have Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to deal with. Levy is renowned as a skilled but difficult negotiator. United face the prospect of getting their man – but only after a summer of painful negotiations that could affect the club’s summer transfer dealings. That in turn would pile huge pressure on Woodward.
Zinedine Zidane is still available and could step in as soon as the current season is over.
A more likely scenario would be Solskjaer landing the Manchester United job if he gets United into next season’s Champions League. The Red Devils were in sixth place and 11 points off a top-four spot when the Norwegian took over as interim manager. They are still in sixth place but the gap to fourth-placed Arsenal is now just two points.