A few months ago, Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino appeared to be the favorite to land the Manchester United job. Fast forward a few months later, The Red Devils are reportedly going with Ajax manager Erik ten Hag to lead them next season.
The Telegraph explains what led to Pochettino being the favorite when Manchester United decided to Ole Gunnar Solskjær to failing to land the job at Old Trafford. The first reason the Argentine didn’t get the job is the change in Group Managing Director.
Ed Woodward campaigned for Pochettino for a long time to be the manager of Manchester United. Richard Arnold has replaced Woodward, so the club chief that was most vocal for the 49-year-old is gone.
Arnold reportedly met with all the candidates and was more convinced by ten Hag despite the Dutch manager not having any experience in the Premier League.
The second reason Manchester United decided not to go with Pochettino is the terrible elimination of PSG in the Champions League against Real Madrid. Doubts then arose about his ability to handle the pressure in a very big club with stars.
Pochettino’s failures with the capital club have visibly troubled the leaders with The Red Devils, who do not want to be wrong and who believe that despite his very interesting profile, Pochettino is currently on a downward slope.