Mauricio Pochettino would immediately be able to attract “star quality” signings to Manchester United if he replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, claims former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara. Pochettino is out of work after being sacked by Tottenham two weeks ago. The Argentine was linked with the United job 12 months ago and is once again one of the favourites if Solskjaer was to go.
United are currently ninth in the Premier League table, eight points behind the Champions League qualification places.
Solskjaer has a win percentage of just 27.3 per cent since he was appointed permanent Red Devils boss in March.
O’Hara believes Solskjaer’s legendary status should be moved to one side and says the Norwegian is simply not big enough to manage the Old Trafford club.
He reckons ex-Spurs boss Pochettino would get more out of the current United squad as well as make top additions in the transfer window.
“I just think if you take away Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in terms of him being a Man United legend and they said that they were going to get a Molde manager, he’s not big enough for the football club, he’s not strong enough,” O’Hara said on talkSPORT.
“He did a great job when he came in, he steadied the ship, he got the feel-good factor back, but at the end of the day his win percentage ratio is something like 29 per cent. It’s not good enough.
“I understand the players that he’s got, when you look at their midfield, Fred and Pereira and you’re looking at it thinking ‘Wow, is this a Man United midfield?’.
“But, with Poch coming in, he will get better out of players, he will get something more out of them, but he will also make the club more attractive to star quality players who will go ‘Pochettino’s there, Man United, that’s a good fit’.
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“Football is a results business and we’re not happy and know we should do better.”
United are next in action on Wednesday when they host Pochettino’s former side Tottenham at Old Trafford.