Manchester United have been on a downward spiral since longest serving and most successful manager in their long history, Sir Alex Ferguson retired after winning his 13th Premier League title. Since the Scot took a bow, the Red Devils have tried their hands on five different managers in full time and interim capacities respectively. Hard as they have tried, they have not been able to replicate the winning spirit left by Ferguson.
Between when Fergie left and now, Manchester United have only won 4 titles; FA Cup, Carabao Cup, Community Shield and the Europa League, and all the trophies were won by just two managers, former managers, Luis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho who were both later sacked consecutively to pave way for Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.
With Ole at the wheel, the Red Devils have been making up the numbers in the Premier League, top 4 seems a trophy and yet falling short in the cup games. Last season, they were knocked out the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, FA Cup and Europa League. The hapless start to the season by Manchester United which sees them sitting 15th on the Premier League log and with a poor home form which has seen them failing to win any of their 4 Premier League games at home, losing 3 and drawing 1. This is definitely a poor run and this slide needs to be arrested before it permanently mars their season. It seems too early to declare front runners for the title but it would soon be too late to stand a chance of putting up a fight even for the top 4.
Manchester United have to do something and urgently too. In the midst of chaos, the rumour mill runs effectively. The season is yet to have a managerial casualty and the bookmakers are already out. Recent reports have it that Manchester United have sounded out sacked Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochetino if he would be interested in taking over the reigns at the Old Trafford club. The reports seem to have a semblance of truth as Solksjaer has also come out fighting for his life, sorry, job, claiming he is the right man for the club at a time like this.
“If I don’t trust my beliefs and values, who else will?” he said. I don’t look at one or two results and fall like a house of cards.”
In the case of any eventuality, is Pochetino the right man to turn to? If Solksjaer is bad, can Pochetino be good? For all the hype, Pochetino is yet to taste trophy success as a manager from Espanyol to Southampton and then Tottenham Hotspurs. There might be more funds available at Manchester United for the purchase of players but can he call the shots on the players the club signs? If Jose Mourinho with all his experience, title credentials and personality, he still could not control the transfers, would Pochetino achieve such feat?
Managing Manchester United brings a whole lot of pressure. Competing for titles is not deemed an achievement, winning it is. Pochetino has never won a title as a manager, would it be a marriage that would give both parties the trophies they crave or it would be another union that would create stillbirths and dashed hopes. For now, it is Ole at the wheel but Poch might just be standing by in case the keys are taken off before the car crashes.