Spurs opinion: Mauricio Pochettino dodged the Manchester United bullet by sticking with Tottenham
Mauricio Pochettino will be planning for the huge Champions League clashes against Ajax as the season comes to an end.
Tottenham saw off Manchester City in a charged quarter-final to set up a surprising date with the Dutch giants.
Ajax defeated Juventus in their Champions League tie, and have been impressive this season knocking out Real Madrid too.
Pochettino also knows there is a job at hand in the Premier League. Tottenham are not guaranteed Champions League football next season, but have fate in their own hands as they lie third in the Premier League table.
The manager has done a wonderful job without any additions to the side and should be thinking about his moves in the summer, however, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to be making the same moves but in a completely different environment.
United struggling to get the job done
The wheels seem to be coming off the Manchester United express as they were dealt another blow in the race for the top four.
Everton destroyed Solskjaer’s team 4-0 on Sunday, and it laid bare the amount of work to be done in the summer for the Red Devils.
There was a lot of hype under the Norwegian when United went on an eight-game winning run, but now they are back to square one.
Ole even said that certain players will be sold and there would be some tough decisions once the season is done (h/t BBC):
“You can’t change your whole squad. One step at a time. I am going to be successful here and there are players who won’t be part of that.”
United’s move proves to be a blessing for Pochettino
The Norwegian’s excellent start to his interim managerial role ended up with the club appointing him as the full-time manager.
Mauricio Pochettino was linked with the role after Ole was given the interim role, and the Norwegian even claimed the Argentine had done a great job (h/t Guardian).
Naming Ole as the full-time manager now appears to be a hasty decision. The players were coming off the “new manager syndrome” after Jose Mourinho was replaced by the former Red Devil.
Ole saw some impressive wins, such as the Champions League win over PSG, however, the cracks are for all to see with losses against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal in recent weeks.
The club still does not have a director of football (h/t Express), and there are several egos that need to be dealt with at Old Trafford.
Pochettino doesn’t have the best Premier League squad but he is extracting the best from the team in almost every game.
Players give it their all for the manager, and we only need some quality additions to move to the next level.
Daniel Levy claimed there would be money to spend once the season is done, and hopefully, we get the right players into the team (h/t Evening Standard).
Spurs are a couple of games away from reaching the Champions League final. They have more than a great chance of finishing in the top four and are playing in one of the best stadiums in the world.
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United might be capable of spending more in the summer window, but the Argentine should be relieved that he doesn’t have to join the madness at Old Trafford.