Manchester United have approached former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s advisors as they consider sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian will not be removed from his post ahead of their game with Everton – live on talkSPORT – but if he fails to get a result his position becomes perilous.

Solskjaer’s time at Man United could end if their form doesn’t improve quickly
Solskjaer’s time at Man United could end if their form doesn’t improve quickly

Pochettino is believed to be keen as he approaches the year anniversary of his sacking at Spurs, which came six months after leading them to their first Champions League final.

Prior to Solskjaer’s appointment, when the Red Devils were looking to replace Jose Mourinho, the Argentine was at the centre of speculation but the Premier League giants, in the end, opted for their legendary striker.

Now he’s set to be offed if his players fail to suitably improve their poor start to the season domestically.

But can Pochettino get a tune out this squad at Old Trafford? takes a look at how Man United could line-up under him.

Pochettino has been out of work since being sacked by Tottenham last November
Pochettino has been out of work since being sacked by Tottenham last November


In the opening years of Pochettino’s reign in north London, the main formation he played as he built the side was this one.

It highlighted their weaknesses in central midfield to begin with but once he had coached Mousa Dembele into playing a deeper role, with a defensive midfielder alongside him, success soon came.

Christian Eriksen was often the No.10 and while he started with two wingers who cut inside. He would later use Dele Alli off the left in a roaming role.

The attacking midfielder had the ability to get up alongside Harry Kane while Danny Rose filled the space he vacated and Dembele dropped in to offer protection between Rose and the defence.

On some occasions Eriksen and Alli did swap roles as Pochettino looked to tweak the areas where Spurs created.

Eriksen and Alli were key for Tottenham under Pochettino
Eriksen and Alli were key for Tottenham under Pochettino

When it comes to using this formation and moving it to the United squad, it’s clear Bruno Fernandes will be the key and Donny van de Beek, who could possibly be compared to Alli, may play off the right thanks to his excellent off the ball movement.

We might also see a change in Paul Pogba, if Pochettino is able to coach him, with a Dembele role suiting the Frenchman, which is intriguing given the two battled often before the Belgian left Spurs.

There is only room for one forward, and right now you would suggest Edinson Cavani might be the man to take it, given all his experience and his hard work.

The defence takes care of itself but given the issues face recently by United in recent matches we won’t see both full-backs quite so attacking.


As Pochettino’s team evolved in 2015/16 and 2016/17 we saw a 3-4-3 or a 3-4-2-1 system employed.

Having Alex Telles now at Old Trafford, wing-backs might be a sensible way to go, allowing them to maximise having two excellent attacking midfielders in Fernandes and Van de Beek, while offering protection behind them.

At Tottenham, it was Dembele and Wanyama who offered the protection in defensive midfield, allowing both the exterior centre-backs to progress the ball in the correct situation.

Mousa Dembele (central midfield) 6/10
Demebele was key for Pochettino and his displays are hard to be replicated

It does, though, mean it’s less likely we will see Pogba in the team but he could potentially thrive in one of the attacking midfield roles and the freedom afforded to him could unleash his talent.

Playing a back-three with two defensive midfielders could lead to them inviting on pressure and we could see the counter attack employed more often, which would mean using Rashford as a striker instead of Cavani.

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