Dimitar Berbatov gives verdict on Mauricio Pochettino replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United boss


Pochettino has long been linked with the United job (Picture: Getty Images)

Dimitar Berbatov admits if results fail to improve for Manchester United, ‘action’ could be taken against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but he warns his former club that Mauricio Pochettino may just be the next in a long line of ‘saviours’ that didn’t quite work out at the helm.

After securing a third-placed finish in the Premier League last season, United have endured a tough start to the new campaign, losing two of their opening three league games.

The Red Devils were embarrassed at Old Trafford in their last outing as Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham inflicted a 6-1 defeat on his former side.

Berbatov admits pressure is building on Solskjaer (Picture: Getty Images)

Reports claim United have made contact with former Spurs boss Pochettino to sound him out over replacing Solskjaer.

The Argentine was the Manchester club’s first choice to come in after Mourinho’s exit from the club in December 2018, but Solskjaer’s impressive period as caretaker boss convinced the board to re-think their strategy.

With the pressure piling on the United boss, Berbatov believes the Norwegian could be in danger soon, and while he talks up Pochettino’s abilities as a coach, he admits that unsuccessful former managers David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Mourinho were all previously seen as ‘the man’ for the job.

‘Ole Gunner Solskjaer has taken some criticism recently, I can understand why the odds say he is the most likely manager to leave his post, especially if they continue down this road,’ Berbatov told Betfair.

‘The pressure on him will only continue to grow, and if they continue to fail to win points, the point will likely come where action is taken. I believe he is still fine for the job personally, and we will have to see.

‘To me, it is amazing that Mauricio Pochettino is available for this job, one of football’s finest coaches in my opinion.

‘You can say maybe he waited for this job, but that is very risky for a manager to do, and I cannot believe another club hasn’t snapped him up.

‘Pochettino may be ‘the man’, but at some stage, they were all ‘the man’- Moyes, van Gaal, Mourinho, all were the next saviour at one stage.

‘For United fans, I would say that every single person connected to the team in any way are all suffering. The ones that will express their feelings the loudest will be the fans, and I can understand this.

‘United are led by people who want success for the club, and the glory days will return, of that there is no doubt- just when that is, is the question.’

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