Manchester United have struggled to maintain their high standards that were set by Sir Alex Ferguson. The record Premier League winners have not managed to win the Premier League or the Champions League since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. Since then Manchester United have come agonizingly close once, finishing second in the League under Jose Mourinho.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s journey as manager
In late 2018, the then Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was sacked and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as the caretaker manager until the end of the season. Out of the 19 matches in charge that season, Solskjaer managed to win 14 of them and defeated PSG in a memorable Champions League match after being 2-0 down in the first leg. All these was enough for Manchester United to offer Solskjaer a permanent contract and has then signed a three year deal with the English giants.
The 2020-21 season
Although the 2020-21 season has just begun and there is still a long way to go. Manchester United have had the worst possible start. They currently sit 15th in the League, with a tough fixture coming up against Everton. A loss against Everton will keep United just one place away from a relegation place.
The Champions League were a sign of relief for Solskjaer and his team as they had defeated the likes of PSG and RB Leipzig, but a loss against Istanbul Basaksehir has put Solskjaer back under scrutiny.
The possible replacement: Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino has made a name for himself over the recent years as one of the best coaches worldwide. His attractive attacking style of football with Tottenham Hostpur caught the eyes of many all over the world.
His main claim to fame is taking his previous team Tottenham Hotspur to the Champions League finals beating the likes of Dortmund, Manchester City and Ajax along the way.
The Manchester United board is reluctant to sack Solskjaer so early into the season and hence, Solskjaer has managed to find some time for himself. However former Spurs manager has been out of work since 2019 and is keen to return to the Premier League.
“I'm not going to close any door," said Pochettino, when asked on Sky Sports if he'd like to manage in England once again.
"I learnt when I was really, really young, [Pochettino's former coach] Jorge Griffa would say, 'Mauricio, football is going to dictate your way'.
"And I am waiting to feel what is the right project for us, which is the right way to take.''