TUSEN: Man Utd takes Pochettino’s stance with deadline set for Solskjaer’s sacking

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Manchester United have installed Mauricio Pochettino as No.1 target to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, while an omission by Nuno Espirito Santo has cast doubt on a Tottenham star’s future – all in transfer gossip from today.

POCHETTINO TO SUCCEED SOLSKJAER IN THREE MATCHES?

The sad 5-0 loss to fierce rivals Liverpool on Sunday added pressure on Solskjaer. The besieged Norwegian has insisted he will not leave his post following the result, although the decision may be taken away from him.

A report from Telegraph revealed that Solskjaer is starting to lose support in United’s dressing room. Eric Bailly would have openly challenged his manager following his selection rebuff against Leicester last week.

Numerous reports have linked unemployed bosses Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane to the role. If the trigger is pulled, United will likely target an elite-level manager.

But according to daily stater, it is the former boss of Spurs Mauricio Pochettino who is their choice “No. 1”.

The Argentine currently leads PSG but built his reputation on a stellar spell at the helm of Tottenham in north London

The outlet claims that Pochettino was in fact United’s “original” plan to succeed Solskjaer, with the Norwegian serving as a “bridge” between Jose Mourinho and Pochettino.

However, United’s famous Champions League win over PSG in 2019 prompted Solskjaer to be appointed on a permanent basis, with Pochettino ultimately taking the reins in Paris.

Reports suggest Solskjaer’s position is secure at the moment. Sir Alex Ferguson’s support during his visit to the club on Tuesday eased the pressure somewhat. Moreover, Solskjaer has reportedly retained the support of key United figures Ed Woodward and Richard Arnold..

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However, the telegraph claim Solskjaer could have as few as three matches to save his job.

That would bring United to the next international break, when they will have a two-week block to take stock and make any necessary layoffs and hires if they so choose.

United’s next three games are Tottenham away and Manchester City at home in the league, with Atalanta sandwiched in the middle of the Champions League.


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NUNO SNUB LEAVE TOTTENHAM STAR DANGLING

Tottenham star Dele Alli’s position in Nuno Espirito Santo’s plans has been put in doubt with the midfielder expected to be left out of the squad to face Burnley on Wednesday. (Daily mail)

Liverpool legend John Barnes named Mo Salah the best player in the world. But he still warned Liverpool to be careful by offering him a new contract. (The sun)

Newcastle are set to make Erik ten Hag one of the Premier League’s highest paid managers. But the Dutchman is reluctant to leave Ajax. (Daily mail)

Bastian Schweinsteiger believes Jose Mourinho didn’t like him at Manchester United because he “played under Pep Guardiola”. He also claimed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic left Old Trafford because of the Special One’s style of play. (Daily mail)

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Eden Hazard has been told to “put up with” Carlo Ancelotti “preferring other players” as the Real Madrid coach issued a warning to the Belgian in the middle of his limited playing time at the Bernabeu. (Daily mail)

BARCELONA HOPE OF SNARING KLOPP

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Barcelona remain hopeful of trapping Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as a replacement for convicted boss Ronald Koeman. (The mirror)

Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola insisted there was “no update” on the situation with the midfielder’s ongoing contract at Manchester United. (Daily mail)

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 28, ignored manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after being sent off in the 5-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday and the Frenchman blocked negotiations on a new deal with the club. (The sun)

Manchester City have been linked with a move for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong next summer. (The mirror)

Arsenal are preparing to compete with Manchester City to secure the signing of 29-year-old Spanish defender Sergi Roberto from Barcelona on a free. (Fichajes, via talkSPORT)


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ARSENAL AND TOTTENHAM AUTHORIZED TO SIGN ATTACKER IN ITALY

Arsenal and Tottenham have received a boost in their pursuit of Andrea Belotti. Turin boss Ivan Juric has announced that the striker will not sign a new deal. (The sun)

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Arsenal struggles to convince William Saliba that his future is in the Emirates. As a result, they could be forced to take advantage of the young defender this summer. (The sun)

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has effectively had three games to save his job as Manchester United manager. (The Telegraph)

Real Madrid legend Marcelo intends to stay in Europe following news of his departure at the end of the season. Leeds and Everton tied the Brazilian over the summer. (TNTSports)

Barcelona have told French winger Ousmane Dembele, 24, that he has one month to accept his latest offer to extend his contract. If he refuses, an English quartet lines up to sign him. (Mundo Deportivo)

AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP

Football agent Mino Raiola has been dismissed by Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek. The Italian has been approached from the 24-year-old Dutch midfielder to be his new representative. (Mike Verweij, via Express)

Jude Bellingham’s brother Jobe could follow the England star to Borussia Dortmund. The Germans are considering a transfer raid on Birmingham City for the 16-year-old winger. (The sun)

The African Cup of Nations (CAN) is still scheduled to take place in January 2022. This despite parts of the Cameroon tournament needing “urgent attention” just months before it kicks off. (Daily mail)

Aston Villa, AC Milan and Bayer Leverkusen are among the clubs interested in Argentina striker from River Plate Julian Alvarez, 21. (CalcioMercato)

David Beckham is frustrated with former teammate Phil Neville after his struggles at Inter Miami continued. (The sun)

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