Man United could take ‘massive risk’ over 49% win-rate Rangnick replacement


Manchester United will be taking a ‘massive risk’ if the Old Trafford hierarchy opt to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as the Red Devils’ next manager, according to Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge.

Ralf Rangnick has been in the hot seat on an interim basis since November, but he will leave the dugout to take on a two-year consultancy role behind-the-scenes at the end of the season.

What’s the latest news involving Pochettino?

According to Sky Sports, Pochettino is on a four-man shortlist of options being discussed by Manchester United’s key decision-makers.

The report suggests Ajax chief Erik ten Hag, Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui and Luis Enrique – who is the Spain international side’s head coach – are also in the running to be unveiled as Rangnick’s long-term successor.

Pochettino is currently at the Paris Saint-Germain helm and on course to lead the French giants to the Ligue 1 title.

However, the Argentinian is expected to be sacked by the end of the season after failing to guide PSG through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League thanks to being knocked out by Real Madrid.

The Daily Mail have claimed Manchester United will have to convince Pochettino he is their number one choice in order for him to consider heading back to the Premier League.

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What has Michael Bridge said about Pochettino?

Bridge believes Manchester United should be cautious ahead of making a decision over who is the right option to take the Red Devils forward.

The Sky Sports reporter has doubts over whether Pochettino should be the man the Old Trafford hierarchy turn to.

Bridge told GIVEMESPORT: “I’m going to be completely honest – I think Pochettino is a massive risk.”


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Why is Pochettino in the running for the job?

Pochettino may not have met expectations at PSG, having won two trophies last year and neither of them being the Ligue 1 crown, but he offers plenty of Premier League experience.

Prior to heading to the French capital, the 50-year-old enjoyed stints in charge of Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur, leading the latter to their first-ever Champions League final in 2019.

Pochettino was on the winning side 132 times over the course of 256 matches in the English top flight, so he is already acclimatised to the Premier League.

All in all, the Argentinian has emerged victorious in 286 of his 589 matches in management, meaning he boasts a win ratio of 49 per cent.

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