Mauricio Pochettino linked with Man United's top job after Istanbul Basaksehir defeat

Mauricio Pochettino linked with Man United's top job after Istanbul Basaksehir defeat

- Mauricio Pochettino has for months been linked with the Man United job including during Jose Mourinho's spell at Old Trafford

- However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was hired at the time to replace Mourinho who later took over from Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur

- Pochettino has been out of employment for nearly a year now since his axing as Spurs boss

- But the Argentine could return to management sooner than later, with reports suggesting United want him to take over from Solskjaer

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Man United are reportedly lining up Mauricio Pochettino as a possible replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following the Red Devils' 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League.

First-half goals from ex-Chelsea forward Demba Ba and Edin Visca condemned the Red Devils to a comprehensive defeat, with Anthony Martial scoring the consolation.

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The loss was United's second in a space of just three days, following their 1-0 loss to Arsenal on Sunday, November 1.

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Daily Mail reports that United chiefs are considering sacking Solskjaer as manager and have approached Pochettino with a view of him taking over the Norwegian.

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Mauricio Pochettino has for months been linked with the Man United job including during Jose Mourinho's spell at Old Trafford. Photo by Chris Brunskill.
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According to the publication citing Manchester Evening News, Man United have been in touch with Pochettino's representatives over the Old Trafford job.

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The development came just hours after it was reported that Solskjaer had declined to comment after he was asked if he is facing an uncertain future. SunSport quoted Ole saying:

"I decline to comment. It is early and opinions are out there all the time. I have got to stay strong. I am employed by the club to do a job and will do it to the best of my ability."
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Pochettino has been out of employment for nearly a year now since his axing as Spurs boss.

United are slated to take on Everton on Saturday, November 7, in their next match at Goodinson Park.

Mauricio Pochettino: Man United reportedly approach ex-Spurs boss to replace Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under immense pressure following back-to-back defeats to Arsenal and Basaksehir. Photo by Oli Scarff.
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A favourable result will see the Manchester club get their campaign back on track as they currently sit 15th on the standings with just seven points.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Manchester United boss Ole Solskjaer is facing a serious battle to keep his job after the Champions League defeat against Istanbul Basaksehir.

The Norwegian football coach is now topping the list of Premier League managers who could lose their jobs any moment because of poor performances this term.

West Brom's Slaven Bilic and Fulham's Scott Parker are the other two Premier League coaches who have been picked by odds to be sacked.

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