Mauricio Pochettino wants to become Manchester United's next manager as the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer increases.
The MEN understand that Pochettino, recently released from Tottenham Hotspur, remains enchanted by the prospect of leading United after being originally scheduled to succeed Jose Mourinho last season.
Pochettino wanted to take over the role of United coach after Mourinho's dismissal in December last year, but Solskjaer stood after 14 victories of 19 as a coach before the presidency.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is said to have put obstacles in place as part of his severance package to prevent Pochettino from once again leading a rival this season. Pochettino is already considered as the next Arsenal coach to replace Unai Emery and believes he is open to the Emirates Stadium despite his tie with Tottenham.
The competition for Pochettino is expected to be intense, with FC Bayern Munich also being associated with a change for the Argentinian. Hansi Flick is Bayern's caretaker, fourth in the Bundesliga, and Pochettino has previously expressed interest in a coach for Real Madrid and spent two years playing in Paris Saint-Germain. United currently has no plans to change managers and is behind Solskjaer.
"It's this time of year, it's never good to see your colleagues lose their jobs," Solskjaer said Tuesday. "Three in a very short time, with some of them you can talk that VAR all day long, I do not know what the reasons for the layoffs are in different clubs, but one result – Southampton-Watford – with handball, and us talk about something completely different.
"It's a game of margins, sometimes you're lucky, sometimes not, but I'm not worried anymore."
Pochettino confirmed on Monday that he is open to offers. "I am open to the projects that are presented to me. My intention is to divert to Europe.
"At my age you do not need much time to recover, there are many clubs and attractive projects that I can accept."
United has not appointed a football director nearly a year later and Pochettino has not yet appointed one since Paul Mitchell resigned in 2016 in Tottenham.
Mitchell is technical director at Red Bull Leipzig and believed that discussions with United deputy chairman Ed Woodward on a move to United did not inspire the job specification.
Solskjaer has won only 10 of his 31 games as a full-time United coach and has a 48 percent win rate from 50 games. United has won just four of his 14 games in the Premier League this season and will host Mourinho's Tottenham on Wednesday night ahead of the city's first Manchester derby of the season.
Solskjaer would have to secure three wins from the next three national games to reach a record after the same number of games Mourinho was dropped last year. Mourinho left United with 26 of 17 points and they currently have 18 of 14 points.
Pochettino established Tottenham in his five and a half years in North London as a top 4 regular. Tottenham finished third, second, third and fourth to qualify for the Champions League for four consecutive years. Last season he reached his first European Cup final.
The flaw in Pochettino's resume is the lack of cutlery. Tottenham lost to Liverpool in the final of Madrid in June and were beaten in the 2015 League Cup final in Pochettino's first season with the club of Chelsea. Spurs lost the 2017 FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea, United 2018 and the League Cup semi-final against Chelsea earlier this year.
In January, Pochettino argued peculiarly, trophies would only strengthen your ego. For Tottenham it is most important at the moment to always be in the top four, although his opposite behavior coincided with Solskjær's time at United. Pochettino was then increasingly frustrated by the frugal Tottenham chairman Levy.
Pochettino's development of young players at Tottenham like Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Harry Kane and Harry Winks heralds United's own youthful emphasis. United does not necessarily have to realign its young and British transfer strategy when it comes to hiring Pochettino, who has been proven to identify local talents in the transfer market.