Let’s face it, although no major crisis of sorts is currently taking place at Old Trafford, Louis van Gaal is a man working under intense pressure in the Manchester United dug-out this season.
The enigmatic Dutchman arrived in the Premier League with a strong managerial reputation, but since his current Red Devils side have looked distinctly short of attacking intent for large portions of the current campaign, speculation surrounding his potential successor remains rife within the British media.
So then, as Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino has recently seen his name linked with a possible switch to Old Trafford this season, is the current Spurs boss really worthy of replacing van Gaal at Manchester United?
Even though Tottenham currently sit just one place ahead of the Red Devils among the current Premier League table, the kind of attention being pointed Pochettino’s way this term remains very different from the flack Louis van Gaal has experienced all season.
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The former Argentinean international has successfully placed his Spurs outfit in the race for the Premier League title, and although Tottenham probably won’t be walking home with the glory to their names this term, the future looks very bright in North London with Mauricio Pochettino at the helm.
He has fared well when giving young players a chance during his time at White Hart Lane, the standard of football being achieved by Tottenham has been impressive, too – and although Spurs haven’t exactly been known for their stringent defensive stability over the years, Pochettino seems to be reversing that particular trend throughout the course of the current campaign.
It therefore comes as no surprise that Manchester United are at least considering the former Southampton manager in light of their recent struggles. The South American tactician also thrived at St. Marys’ before being plucked away by Tottenham in 2014, so if the Red Devils really do want to improve upon their fortunes, the in-demand 43-year-old could very well be seen as a viable option.
There are major question marks over his ability to make it at a cauldron as high pressured as Old Trafford, however, for even though Pochettino has seemingly taken well to the Premier League thus far, successfully doing the business with the Red Devils will likely prove an entirely different task altogether.
Several other major managerial names remain in the hat, but as Pep Guardiola is reportedly on his way to the other side of Manchester at the end of the season – with Carlo Ancelotti already being snapped up by Bayern Munich as a result of the transition – maybe the Red Devils could find themselves short of options should they eventually decide to part ways with Louis van Gaal, especially without the prospect of Champions League football on the table.
Yet even though Man United would likely take to Mauricio Pochettino this summer, it remains debatable as to whether or not Tottenham would ever give up their current manager so easily. Spurs remain above the Red Devils in the league table, and could even end up finishing the season that way if their current form continues.
The Argentinean coach could theoretically see more of a future for himself at White Hart Lane, which says just how much Manchester United’s overall reputation has plummeted over the last few seasons.
But as Pochettino saw fit to leave Southampton just when the good times seemed to be flying at at St. Marys’, maybe the bosses behind the scenes at Old Trafford could potentially tempt the 43-year-old at some stage down the line.
All will simply depend on whether or not United are still struggling for goals by the time the season comes to an end, and if Spurs can ultimately maintain their impressive form under Pochettino for the remainder of the current season.