Will Solskjaer be feeling the pressure more now?
Last night Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham and is a free agent now. It is no secret that Manchester United have been admirers of Pochettino and have tried to convince him to join the club in the past. The season has not started so well for United, but there have been some more encouraging performances in recent weeks and the team are now in 7th, still nine points off the top four though.
United have only won four matches out of 12 in the Premier League this season, which is a poor return for a team of their stature. They are 18 points behind leaders Liverpool and will have a big fight to even reach the top four. This is a big difference to less than a decade ago when they were fighting for the title every season. It got a little better under Mourinho in his second season, when they finished second, but they were still 19 points behind Champions City. When Solskjaer took over on a temporary basis it started so well and maybe thought he could bring back some kind of glory when he took over as permanent manager. However, since then results have not been at their best and the pressure is starting to mount.
United have four important league matches ahead of them, facing Sheffield United next who are one place above them, followed by a home game to Villa, which is then followed by a match against Mourinho’s new Spurs side. This will be an intriguing match as it will be Mourinho against his old side. Furthermore, if Solskjaer does not get a good run of results in these three matches then it will become even harder as they have to travel across the City to the Etihad, to face rivals Manchester City. These are four very important game weeks for Solskjaer now that Pochettino is available, because if their form does not improve and the fans start to turn on the team then there might be no choice for Ed Woodward.