Few things seem certain right now at Manchester United, but there would appear to be an increasing likelihood that the next managerial appointment is going to be one of Mauricio Pochettino or Erik ten Hag.
Fans are split between the two managers and while Ten Hag would be my personal choice as United’s next long-term managerial appointment, Pochettino’s credentials for the role should not be ignored.
It looks increasingly likely that Pochettino isn’t going to extend his stay at PSG beyond this season, leaving the door open for a move to Old Trafford with current incumbent Ralf Rangnick poised to move into a consultancy role at the end of this season.
Should Pochettino arrive, he’s going to be tasked with overseeing one of the most important rebuilds in the history of the club and fans will expect to finally see progress being made following the desperately disappointing nine years United have suffered since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. Pochettino has already proven he can repair disjointed squads and if United believe he is the man to restore the club’s glory days, they should be proactive in pursuing him.
It’s expected that United will make numerous additions in the summer, whoever the incoming manager is and MEN Sport reported in January that up to four new additions could arrive during the close season.
One area where United are expected to strengthen is in the forward line. Edinson Cavani will almost certainly depart when his contract expires at the end of the season and Cristiano Ronaldo is now at an age where he can’t be relied upon week in, week out.
Who United go for still remains a mystery and much of it will depend on who the next manager is but should Pochettino take charge, the rumors of a meeting with a former favorite frontman in Harry Kane will only heighten.
The 28-year-old England captain maintains a brilliant relationship with his former boss and there have been suggestions the pair would love to reunite if the opportunity became available.
Manchester City look increasingly likely to push for a United player covet in Erling Haaland and that, coupled with the fact Tottenham are at risk of failing to qualify for the Champions League themselves while in direct competition with United and with the player having a year less on his contract, a departure for Kane could be on the cards if he wanted to pursue a new challenge elsewhere.
United would be the obvious choice for Kane if Pochettino joined, but signing a player at that stage of his career would risk repeating some of the high-profile additions in recent transfer windows at United who have ultimately failed to lift the club to their former heights .
United’s recent history in the transfer window has suggested a lack of a plan and feels as if they have been enticed by names rather than whether or not the player benefits the overall collective of the team. It’s in turn led to a very disjointed and aging team.
England international Kane will be turning 29 in the summer and reaching the latter stages of his career so, if he did come, it would be a short-term solution. Another plaster on a wound when United are crying out for more medium to longer-term repairs.
There have been some parallels drawn with the Kane signing to what United did when they brought Robin van Persie from Arsenal to win the league but it ought to be remembered that the Dutchman was coming off a 37-goal season for Arsenal. So far, Kane has just five Premier League goals to his name. Pochettino may get him firing once more due to the strength of their relationship but there are undeniable risks to it.
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Undoubtedly, United need to be looking to the future with their targets. No more pursuing big names for the sake of it. No more waste of resources. MEN Sport has also previously reported that the club will look to ideally bring in a different profile of striker to those currently at the club and links to Kane lack sense as a result.
While there are some pros to any deal for one of English football’s best strikers over the past decade, the wisest option is to sign a younger player. There’s no longevity behind any move for the England man.
Whether that’s a Jonathan David, Darwin Nunez or Patrik Schick, there are plenty of other options available who are younger and have more potential. United need to stick to their guns and pursue one, rather than being tempted by any fluttering eyelashes elsewhere.
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