31 Jan 2022 | 08:33
Summer 2020 promises to be a lot of changes at Old Trafford. The Red Devils BLD not only has the task of strengthening the first team in a number of positions, but also finding a long-term head coach after the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last November.
Ajax coach Erik ten Hag and Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino are understood to be the most likely candidates on this list. In particular, Pochettino is being noticed because he tried to leave PSG when he heard that Solskjaer was sacked.
Pochettino is understood not to want to stick with the French team for a long time and hopes to return to England in November. This means that Man Utd has the opportunity to approach this strategist again in the next few months.
Despite only having 2 titles on his “CV”, but Pochettino is already seen as an elite manager and will improve even more in the future. Despite the defeat with Tottenham in the Champions League Final, the foundation he built at the Rooster is what makes the experts admire.
Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane all rose to stardom under Pochettino. Kyle Walker-Peters and Cameron Carter-Vickers, also had the opportunity to play in the first team under this man’s policy of rejuvenation.
What Pochettino did at Tottenham makes people believe that he has a strategic vision very similar to Sir Alex Ferguson.
“There’s a lot of pressure to win when you’re at a big club,” Pochettino said in 2017. “But for me, the best example in football for years was Manchester United with Sir Alex Ferguson. – and what he’s created with young talent from the academy or from England. It forms the core of a team that has conquered everything. It’s a prime example for me.”
England are having a golden generation, reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and the Euro 2020 Final, thanks to well-trained players in the academy. Obviously, the Three Lions benefited a lot from Pochettino’s rejuvenation policy. Trippier, Alli and Kane have been and are the mainstays of the Rooster. They are also the backbone of the Three Lions.
Man Utd also owns a talented young generation, with names like Ethan Laird, Brandon Williams or James Garner. Dean Henderson, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood are also at an age where they can develop further.
Moreover, inspiration from Ferguson’s philosophy in the past will help Pochettino gain the support of the Red Devils Board immediately in trusting young players.