Mauricio Pochettino believes he can make Manchester United the most successful team in the Premier League once more, should he replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager, according to reports.
United are thought to have made an approach to the former Tottenham coach with the view to making him their next boss.
Solskjaer is facing increasing pressure following defeat to Champions League newcomers Istanbul Basaksehir in midweek.
That followed Premier League losses to Crystal Palace, Tottenham and Arsenal despite United having only played six times in the league this season.
And the Daily Star say that Solskjaer could even be sacked in the coming weeks if United fall to defeat to Everton at Goodison Park at the weekend in their final match before the international break.
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United are enduring their worst start to a league season since 1972 and are acutely aware that the widely-admired Pochettino remains a free agent.
Speaking on Sky Sports earlier this week, he made it clear he wants to return to management and said: “I’m always ready to be involved in the game. I love football. It’s my passion, not my job.
“It’s not a stress when you are working. It’s not a stress when you are going into the training ground, it’s not a stress to prepare a team to play. I’m looking forward to being involved in the game.”
And the Star say that Pochettino would be eager to take over the reins at United if they did opt to part ways with Solskjaer.
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The 48-year-old has rejected approaches from Barcelona since leaving Spurs a year ago because he wants the right project for his next job.
And the Star say Pochettino – who also previously coached Espanyol and Southampton – believes United would be an ideal landing spot for him.
The highly-regarded coach, who reached the Champions League with Spurs and managed four straight top-four finishes, is confident he could restore United’s status as a major challenger.
United have not won the league since the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 and have never really even been involved in a title challenge.
Their best Premier League finish post-Ferguson was coming second under Jose Mourinho, though they finished 19 points behind Manchester City in 2017-18 as the Citizens racked up a record 100 points.
Solskjaer guided United to third last season but after such a sluggish start to the current campaign, club legend Paul Scholes has already ruled his old club out of the title race.
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“If they were going to make any challenge on this season they needed to start it well,” Scholes told BT Sport after his old team’s shock Champions League loss to Istanbul Basaksehir.
“They haven’t done that, clearly. It feels like we’re going to see a carbon copy of last season.
“A really poor start to the season, I think at some point, with the players they’ve got, they will find their form. There’s no doubt about that. They’ve got too much quality.
“They probably will go on a big run. Probably finish top four. Probably get to a semi-final and lose.
“It’s just a start to the season in a year when Liverpool, City haven’t started the best. It was a real chance for them.
“Not that I’m saying they would go on to win the league – but a real opportunity to be up there, challenging. But, again, they are going to pay for a really bad start to the season.”
But Pochettino, if he replaces Solskjaer, is optimistic of getting the 20-time title-winners back to rivalling the likes of Liverpool and City once more. It remains to be seen if he will get his opportunity or not.
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