The majority of Manchester United fans don’t want Louis van Gaal to remain in the Old Trafford hot seat very much longer – but who should replace him?
Pep Guardiola would have been the perfect choice, but he has opted to go to Manchester City. Jose Mourinho’s name refuses to go away with media reports claiming talks are already at an advanced stage.
One name that has suddenly cropped up more than once is Tottenham Hotspur manager Maurico Pochettino – Bettingpro.com are keeping a close eye on the drama unfolding in Manchester United and here are five reasons why they believe Poch should head to Old Trafford.
He knows the Premier League well
Some clubs make the mistake, Manchester United included, of going for a big name that has done well outside of England and don’t take into consideration how difficult managing in the Premier League actually is.
Not many knew who Pochettino was when Southampton took a punt and installed him as their new manager back in January 2013, but in just over three years he has adapted to the language and how to prepare teams capable of challenging for the Premier League title.
At time of writing, Spurs are in the title hunt and although United will find it hard to convince him to leave Tottenham for Manchester, if the latter fail to reach the Champions League, they really need to try.
Not afraid to make the real tough decisions
Van Gaal has come under criticism this season for failing to alter his ways in terms of team selection and the way his sides attack, Pochettino is similar in some ways but some of his tough decisions have proven to be correct.
Both of the decisions were made by Pochettino for the good of the club, he is well aware that making tough decisions will not make him popular, but then again Sir Alex Ferguson was not a success because he was a nice guy. United need someone who is not scared of upsetting anyone as long as his team gets results.
He could bring the best out of Morgan Schneiderlin
It is a well-known fact that Schneiderlin, who joined Southampton from Strausbourg in 2008, played his best football under Pochettino and his arrival at Old Trafford could see the France international return to his best form.
Since joining Manchester United for £24 million, Schneiderlin has failed to set the Old Trafford pitch alight and if he continues under Van Gaal then it won’t be long until he is being labelled as an expensive flop.
He sets his team out to attack
Manchester United fans have been bored to tears with Van Gaal’s tactics this season with just 32 goals scored all season – and seeing as relegation haunted Sunderland have only scored two goals less you can understand why the Old Trafford faithful are frustrated.
Under Pochettino they will be treated to a side keen to attack, they have scored 45 goals from 25 Premier League games. The Argentinian sets up his teams the right way and one thing is for sure there will be no more cries of ‘attack, attack, attack’ with Pochettino in charge.
Doesn’t concede many goals
Some managers like to sacrifice their defence in order to become an entertaining and attacking side, Pochettino is definitely not one of them. Pochettino may pride himself on attacking football, but Spurs are very shrewd at the back as well. They have conceded just 19 goals this season – the best in the Premier League – to show that he refuses to leave any stone unturned in getting his team to the top.
Manchester United need a manager like this, because at the moment Van Gaal is not capable of taking the Red Devils back to the top.