Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that he would be open to managing Manchester United at some point in the future.
The Argentine was one of the top candidates to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the next permanent manager before the hierarchy settled on Erik ten Hag.
Under Ten Hag, United have made progress this term after a difficult start and they are currently three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with a game in hand.
They are certainly in a good position to secure a top-four finish this season but even if they fail to do so, the board are in for the long haul with Ten Hag as manager.
Despite this, Pochettino has refused to rule out the Red Devils job and has told Radio Marca that he does not believe an opportunity knocks on the door just once.
He said: “Football is timing. It’s the moments for it to coincide and for that marriage to happen. Sometimes it’s just a matter of timing. I don’t believe that trains pass just once.”
United won’t be looking for a new manager anytime soon
United have backed Ten Hag to become manager with a long-term project in mind. They are not expected to make rash decisions based on this season.
The focus is on rebuilding a team that can challenge for the Premier League title as well as win trophies. The latter could be a realistic possibility this campaign.
Ten Hag has made it clear that the club will play to win in every competition. Hopefully, they will end a six-year trophy drought by lifting some form of silverware.
Even if that does not happen, the season won’t be considered as a failure. We have already seen how patience can reap rewards with Arsenal and Mikel Arteta.
More of the same should be expected from United with Ten Hag. Pochettino may have an ambition to coach United, but it will certainly not happen anytime soon.
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