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The Red Devils have endured a hugely disappointing start to the season, with their 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon leaving them in ninth place in the Premier League, and already eight points off the top four.
And following Spurs’ sacking of Pochettino in recent weeks, Burley has suggested United go after the Argentine as soon as possible so as to avoid losing him to another club.
He said: “The longer they sit on their hands and say ‘no, we’re going to do it this way, we’re quite happy, we’ve got transfer windows coming up’, the managers out there that are free – Pochettino, Allegri, they’re going to waltz into other big jobs. I think United should go out and get something on paper, an agreement, with Pochettino.
“There are lots of deficiencies at Manchester United. You’ve got the chief executive, the ownership, the football department, the playing staff, and the manager.”
Whilst United may have a long-term project in place with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, managers of Pochettino’s ilk and quality don’t come around very often. The fact he has been linked with the job at Old Trafford before suggests that the Red Devils have had him on their radar previously. So with him now being available, it’s imperative the Manchester side become pro-active in their decision-making and go after the former Spurs boss as quickly as possible as Burley suggests.
The likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid may be looking for a new manager come the end of the season, and if United have to compete with those two European giants, their chances of luring Pochettino dramatically reduces. With their season not going as they would have hoped, it’s perhaps the perfect time for United to get one of their former targets through the door.
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