Things change quickly in the Premier League.
Following Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s sacking as Manchester United boss on Sunday morning, the future looked very uncertain at Old Trafford with Micheal Carrick becoming the interim before the club actually appointed an interim before appointing the next coach in the summer. (Yes you read that correctly.)
But reports on Monday have circulated suggesting that not only is current PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino the first choice to replace Solskjær, but the Argentine could be willing to join now.
With The Independent claiming the 49-year-old does not want to wait until next summer, with the chance of a third shot at the United job being compromised if he does.
The 49-year-old returning to the Premier League so suddenly would certainly send shockwaves across English football.
Given the statement of acquiring one of Europe’s most exciting coaches, Man United would certainly be looking a lot more dangerous to contend with for the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.
With a new coach looking to build the squad in his image, it would not be shocking to see Pochettino look to solve one of United’s biggest transfer priorities for multiple years with a defensive midfielder.
West Ham’s Declan Rice appears to be the most obvious target, a player whose value only continues to increase given his outstanding performances for club and country.
Chelsea have regularly been linked with the English midfielder as well, given his connection from coming through the club’s academy.
And with recent rejections from Rice over a new contract to extend his stay at the London Stadium opens the door for a potential exit in 2022.
But for Chelsea, the fear of losing out on Rice will not be the only player United could also target with another of the Blues recent transfer pursuits also in the eyes of their rivals.
Monaco’s Aurélien Tchouaméni has emerged as a realistic alternative to the more expensive Rice from Ligue 1 with the latest report with Sport Witness claiming the Premier League leaders are in pole position in the race for him.
Chelsea would apparently have to pay £42m in order to sign him but with the likes of Manchester City, Juventus, Liverpool and Bayern Munich all also chasing the French midfielder, Tchouaméni will likely have the luxury of picking from a selection of elite clubs in 2022.
What makes Man United, who have also been linked to the 21-year-old, maybe a more desirable option for the midfielder is the chance of instantly walking into his favoured role without major competition in the squad to overcome.
Both Scott McTominay and Fred have felt like an uninspiring duo for several years under both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
The forgotten Donny van de Beek might be revitalised under a new coach but even with his potential revival, the gap in quality in United’s midfield compared to Chelsea’s is pretty wide.
Tchouaméni is currently looking at a Chelsea midfield with a Ballon d’Or nominated duo of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, an in-form Mateo Kovacic and resurgent Ruben Loftus-Cheek to compete with.
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As an emerging talent looking to take that next step in their career, an open door at Manchester United with an elite coach like Pochettino might be better for his career than joining Thomas Tuchel’s title-challenging unit.
This may sound like an odd thing to say, but there is no denying the size and stature of Manchester United and the platform that could give players coming in after Solskjær’s dismissal.
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