PSG Manager Ready to LEAVE Lionel Messi to Coach Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United

Published 11/22/2021, 3:16 PM EST
Soccer Football – Champions League – Group F – Atalanta v Manchester United – Stadio Atleti Azzurri, Bergamo, Italy – November 2, 2021 Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the match REUTERS/Alberto Lingria


The era of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ended at Manchester United. After yet another shocking 4-1 loss to Watford, Ole bid goodbye to the club who now have 1 win in their last 7 games. Notably, fresh reports state that the favorite to land the Old Trafford job now, is current PSG boss, Mauricio Pochettino. However, will he leave Lionel Messi to coach Cristiano Ronaldo?

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Mauricio Pochettino wants Manchester United job

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The former Tottenham Hotspur boss is currently managing star-studded French side PSG. To no surprise, they are leading the Ligue 1 table and look set to win the title again. However, with the sacking of Solskjaer, many reports state that Pochettino is eyeing a return to the Premier League.

Even though the coach is focused on their tie against Manchester City, Sky Sports pundit and former United player Gary Neville spoke about the situation and how he feels.

“I think Mauricio Pochettino – although he’d never say it – would leave to come to Man Utd on a five-year deal tomorrow. He’ look at that group of players, he’d look at the club and he’d realise he’d probably be able to achieve more than he wants at Manchester United in terms of a project,” said Neville.

 

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Will he get the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo?

If Poch arrives at Old Trafford, it would be a sensational appointment, surely. Back in 2019, Poch guided Tottenham Hotspur to the UEFA Champions League final, placing them on the world map. Even though he did not win anything significant with Spurs, he laid the foundation then to make Spurs a part of the ‘Big 6’ today.

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Currently coaching Messi at PSG, the prospect of managing Cristiano Ronaldo would be a mouthwatering idea. Undoubtedly, Ronaldo will benefit massively under Pochettino’s counter-attacking approach. However, his pressing style is something that will be a cause of concern for CR7.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 07: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United meets Cristiano Ronaldo at Carrington Training Ground on September 07, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Manchester United/Manchester United)

During the Ole era, Ronaldo’s lack of pressing was evident, causing the team to lose shape. Given how Poch focuses on high-intensity pressing, Ronaldo’s lack of work rate might hamper his progress.

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What do you think, is Poch the right man for the job, despite Ronaldo possibly not fitting his playing style?

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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