Sir Alex Ferguson ‘names first choice’ he wants as next Man Utd manager with the bookies odds revealed now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has gone.
The Norwegian boss became the sixth Premier League manager to lose his job 12 games into the season following his Red Devils departure.
After late night talks on Saturday, confirmation on Sunday came with Manchester United axing manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the aftermath of the 4-1 defeat at Watford.
The result means United have won just one of their past seven Premier League matches and sit eighth in the table – 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.
First-team coach Michael Carrick has been placed in temporary charge while United seek an interim manager to the end of the season.
So speculation immediately turns to who will be their replacement, and according to talkSPORT journalist, Fergie wants PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Sir Alex boss still holds considerable influence at Old Trafford, and was a key player in the deal to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo.
And the veteran Scot has a clear idea of who he wants to see replace Solskjaer in the home dugout, with Poch said to be unhappy out in France with his family back home in London.
‘Moose’ cites a source close to the club who suggests current favourite Zinedine Zidane will join PSG, allowing former Tottenham boss Pochettino to take up the vacancy at United.
The Argentine is on a list of five names under consideration by the Old Trafford hierarchy which also includes the likes of Ralf Rangnick, Erik ten Hag, Brendan Rodgers and Zidane.
Sir Alex Ferguson publicly praised Pochettino in April 2016, telling reporters: “Well the manager has been fantastic. They [Spurs] have a bad record of managers, there is no doubt about that.
“They have had so many over the years, but this lad has composure. You never see him ruffled and the way his team play is a testimony to the work he is doing.
“The most important thing for English football is how many English and young players are in his team. He understands the advantage of playing young people. They won’t let you down and they have been fantastic.”
Tottenham MP David Lammy recently revealed a conversation he had with Fergie about Pochettino while he was manager of Tottenham.
The politician said: “About six weeks ago, I sat next to Sir Alex Ferguson at a dinner in support of grassroots football abroad.
“He said to me, ‘I think you guys have got the best manager in the Premier League.’ Alex Ferguson said that.”
And the good feeling between the two men doesn’t end there as back in 2016, Poch was photographed by the paparazzi meeting Ferguson for lunch in London, sparking speculation that he would one day take over at the club.
Pochettino later described the lunch as a “dream come true”.
He added: “When I was young, when I started my career as a manager, he was always my inspiration, my reference and when you can share two hours with a person who, for me, was the greatest manager in the world, the history of football, you can only enjoy.”
Sir Alex Ferguson ‘names first choice’ who he wants as next Man Utd manager with odds revealed, lets see what the bookies (Sky Bet) are saying…
Mauricio Pochettino – 11/8
Brendan Rodgers – 9/2
Michael Carrick – 5/1
Zinedine Zidane – 8/1
Erik ten Hag – 10/1
Ralf Rangnick – 12/1
Steve Bruce – 14/1
@MrRedDevil27: So much Love for Sir Alex but the Club needs to move on from listening to influence from him and ex players/coaches.
@mattknights1997: Sir Alex’s continued input is half the problem. This is a new era now, as great as he was his time has been and gone
@Alan_Bruce: Aye… because when has he been wrong in the past? Chose Moyes, Loved Jose, Back Ole
@NeilDoy18925258: Hasnt he done enough damage, he’s a dinosaur now, he’s past it, but carry on taggart
@RyanStevens93: The last time this happened was when Moyesy took over and that was a disaster. Why has everything got to be on his terms..
@Roohdaar10: Making sure this club never wins another trophy, good one saf.
@Modnaswi94: This man though. We need to move past the old days and needs to retire
@biradarsunil36: Sir Alex has already done enough damage appointing moyes and sticking with ole.. need to stop him make footballing decisions which is affecting this club.
@AliZulk: It’s beginning to look like Ferguson doesn’t want any manager that can do better than he did!
@StevyMagpie23: I think it’s best fergie doesn’t get involved anymore. Time is up mate stay home enjoy retirement
@LutaayaProsper: Fuck Off Sir Alex.. let him go to Scotland and do some fishing. He didn’t/doesn’t want our club to progress..
@PhilipooPlatiny: Alex Ferguson should leave this team alone, Poch is just Ole pro max
@zeppyxd: Steve bruce would be better
@Cc_Moose: I like Pochettino as a person, but I’ve always been miffed at how he’s considered an elite manager when he hasn’t won anything
@IfinwaJ: Can someone please take fergie to the aged peoples home… his choices have been scandalous…. He should sit this one out
@amonizfootball: Not that I hate Poch but this dude needs to stop making decisions man I am begging
@1Unitedforlife: Sir Alex it pains me to say this but no stay out of this pls
@BradleyCarlvin1: Ferguson is part of the problem
@UtdGeraId: with all due respect, someone needs to remind him that he retired
@MufcGOATX20: I want SAF and the class of 92 far away from this new manager and set up.. We can’t move forward if we keep letting them make and influence decisions made..
Career trophies so far of managers United are “linked” with:
Ten Hag 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
And which one have United allegedly gone for? Poch 💀