Mauricio Pochettino is ‘THE man’ to fix Manchester United’s problems once interim boss Ralf Rangnick steps aside, believes ex-Reds ace Paul Ince as he calls on his former side to afford the PSG boss a ‘FOUR-year project’
Paul Ince has urged Manchester United to step up their pursuit of Mauricio Pochettino as he believes the Argentine is ‘the man’ to turn the club around.
United have shown limited improvement since German boss Ralf Rangnick replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on an interim basis earlier this season.
After watching United fall to a dismal 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford to Wolves, in a game which the visitors dominated, Ince reiterated his belief that while problems are deep-rooted at Old Trafford, Pochettino has the cache to transform the club.
Mauricio Pochettino has been tipped as ‘the man’ to fix Manchester United from next season
Man United have shown little sign of improvement under interim boss Ralf Rangnick so far
‘(Problems) won’t be solved in a year, maybe two years,’ Ince told Sky Sports.
‘When I watched Chelsea-Liverpool I was just dreaming that I could see Man United playing like that one day because it was an unbelievable standard of football.
‘I thought (Mauricio) Pochettino was the man, I’ve always clamoured for him to be the man. He still might be the man if PSG don’t win the Champions League. But whoever the man is has to have a four-year project. This team needs investment.’
United made eye-catching moves for Jadon Sancho, a £73million arrival from Borussia Dortmund, Raphael Varane, a £42m capture from Real Madrid, and Cristiano Ronaldo made his return to Manchester, 12 years after he left for Spain.
Ex-United midfielder Paul Ince is high on Pochettino and feels he represents the best choice
Rangnick can only exert so much authority over United’s players given his temporary status
But Ince remains unconvinced by the standard throughout the squad and if it is to be Pochettino next through the door he wants to see money made available for an overhaul.
‘The recruitment has been poor over so many, many years. It needs the right man, with the right philosophy and the right project to take this club forward,’ he added.
”You can’t have a manager in the next season and if things aren’t going well after five months – we start booing him – it ain’t gonna work.’
Sportsmail revealed on Thursday that Pochettino is being considered on a shortlist of three by United as they search for their next permanent boss.
Rangnick, who finds himself under pressure for his 4-2-2-2 system right now, is not believed to be on it but Pochettino is.
Ajax manager Erik ten Hag and Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers are the others being considered by United’s hierarchy.
Pochettino (left) is currently in charge at Paris Saint-Germain but is of interest to United chiefs
Sportsmail reported at the time that former Tottenham tactician Pochettino was keen on taking the job at United mid-season, after Solskjaer was dismissed, only for United to opt for Rangnick in an interim capacity.
Last week Gary Neville shared similar sentiments to Ince when he gave his backing to Pochettino.
‘I think United will get the right manager at the end of the season for the longer term,’ Neville said.
‘I’d like Pochettino to be the next manager because he’s got experience of the league, I think he would play the right type of football.
‘It feels like the moment for him to step up. He’s managing big stars, characters and personalities.
‘I’ve always liked him and the way in which he has operated. I think he fits the club, he works with young players as well. He gets the best out of players. He’s a good coach. But also I think he works people the right way.’
Gary Neville says Pochettino would ensure United play the ‘right football’ if he took over