With wins, never mind a decent run of from, being increasingly hard to come by at Old Trafford and Manchester United at the risk of being irredeemably cut adrift from the rest of the so-called Top Six, the inevitable rumours of Jose Mourinho’s sack have become louder.
That Manchester United, regardless of what Mourinho said publicly, were happier with the draw against Arsenal at Old Trafford tells you all you need to know about the state of affairs at the proud Manchester club.
The Sun is now reporting that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has become United’s main target to replace Jose Mourinho, albeit next summer.
Pochettino, who reportedly turned down Real Madrid in the summer, is doing a good job and enjoying life at White Hart Lane – His Spurs team is currently third on the EPL table, they are more cohesive and upwardly mobile than United, and he can still look forward to leading them into their soon-to-be-open ultra-modern stadium.
However, if he is offered the Old Trafford job, he might find that harder to resist than even the Real offer. In spite of his love for his current job, Pochettino might take the view that turning down a second major job in successive summers might be detrimental to his career in the long run.
The superior allure of the EPL compared to the Spanish La Liga and the relative ease of adjusting to life faster at Old-Trafford is another factor that makes his appointment a strong possibility.
Form United’s point of view, it’s looking increasingly likely that they might miss out on qualifying for the Champions League for next season and, if that is the case, it will actually be cheaper for the club to sack Mourinho due to a clause in his contract.
However, United will also have to buy out Pochettino from the lucrative 5-year, £8.5million per year, contract he signed with Spurs in the summer.