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Former Manchester United players part ways with Mauricio Pochettino, claim ex-Tottenham boss ‘not the right man’ to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer


Mauricio Pochettino’s proposed move to Manchester United drags on as two of the club’s former plays weigh in on their thoughts on the situation.

Former Red Devils duo Lee Sharpe and Paul Parker were divided over whether the former Tottenham boss would be a good date for their former club.

Pochettino is heavily linked with the vacant post at Old Trafford
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The Paris Saint-Germain manager has been surveyed by the Old Trafford hierarchy following his decision to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

talkSPORT understands the 49-year-old is “desperate” to leave Paris and return to the Premier League with Sir Alex Ferguson personally leading the charge to see him take the hot seat at Old Trafford.

However, the Argentine has put water on the fire by saying he is very ‘happy in Paris’ as latest reports suggest PSG have blocked United’s initial approach for the boss.

That said, Pochettino hasn’t completely extinguished that flame as he suggested the situation could change, saying the Red Devils will now delay their decision for the former Spurs boss until the summer.

Former Manchester United players part ways with Mauricio Pochettino, claim ex-Tottenham boss ‘not the right man’ to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Pochettino will be in Manchester tonight but only to face City in the Champions League
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Although he never won anything at Spurs, Pochettino was praised for the brand of football he played and the way he developed the players.

The Argentine came so close to winning the silverware for the club, bringing the club to their first-ever Champions League final of 2019 and speaking on talkSPORT, Parker believes he might have won it s ‘he had been a little lucky.

He told Drivetime: “You look at how they didn’t win this final and you would have seen it, let’s call it a shady situation when the referee gave that penalty. [Moussa Sissoko being penalised for a handball] to be perfectly honest, the one that wouldn’t be given now.

“I also look at his two years playing at Wembley and what he accomplished for Tottenham playing there, far from their home stadium.

“I think his management skills have been proven for what he’s done at Tottenham, the people he’s turned into better players, that’s also an important point in being a manager.

Former Manchester United players part ways with Mauricio Pochettino, claim ex-Tottenham boss ‘not the right man’ to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Pochettino made the most of Dele Alli at Spurs
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“Dynamism [Guardiola] gets a pat on the back for the players he improved during his coaching tenure, he won things but he improved the players, he improved the teams.

“It’s about making the teams better, he can do at Manchester United what he did at Tottenham, can he lift some of their players who are not awake right now?”

Despite Parker’s rave reviews, former teammate Sharpe is not convinced the Argentine is the right fit for Man United.

“I’m not sure he’s the right fit for the job right now,” Sharpe told talkSPORT Breakfast.

Former Manchester United players part ways with Mauricio Pochettino, claim ex-Tottenham boss ‘not the right man’ to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Sharpe was not on the same wavelength as Parker and doesn’t think Pochettino is the right fit for Man United
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“I think Ajax’s Erik ten Hag looks decent, and Bayern Munich’s Julian Nagelsmann would be a good option.

“It’s a very difficult decision and a decision they desperately need to make after so many managers who haven’t worked in the past 5-10 years.

“I don’t think it will be Zinedine Zidane because I think he would have been there already, he’s the only one who hasn’t worked.

“I think with what has happened in the last few days, I think he would have left by now if he took the job, so I think we can rule him out.”

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