Man Utd 'approach Mauricio Pochettino to replace under-fire Solskjaer as manager' after dismal start to season

MANCHESTER UNITED have approached Mauricio Pochettino about becoming the club's next manager, according to reports.

The Manchester Evening News reports United have made contact with Poch's representatives.

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SunSport has been reliably informed there has been no contact with Pochettino yet despite him being favourite for the job.

United have endured a dismal start to the season under Norwegian boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the club 15th in the Premier League table and the pressure ramping up.

United's shambolic showing in Turkey against Istanbul Basaksehir was Solskjaer's fourth defeat in nine Prem and Champions League games and the club have reportedly acted.

Argentine Pochettino, 48, has been out of work for 12 months since Daniel Levy sacked him at Spurs and brought in former United manager Jose Mourinho.

And the former Southampton boss confirmed he is ready to return to management.

He has regularly been linked with the Red Devils hot seat and with jobs abroad at Real Madrid and Zenit St Petersburg.

Speaking as a pundit on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football, Poch said: "I always feel ready to get back involved in the game. I love football, it’s my job.

“It’s not a stress when you are working, it’s not a stress to go into the training ground, it’s not a stress to prepare the game, it’s not a stress to compete.

“My hair is long, look. I hope to cut it when we start working again to work.

“I am looking forward again to being involved in the game.”

Pochettino's former Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen hinted he was 'impatient' in his search for a big job – with United in the frame.

And the coach – who spent five-and-a-half years in North London – is favourite to be the next man in charge at Old Trafford.

Incumbent Solskjaer refused to give much away after being asked whether he feared for his job after Wednesday night's defeat in Europe.

He said: "I decline to comment on such a thing. Of course, it's early on and opinions are out there all the time. You've got to stay strong.

"I'm employed by the club to do a job and I do that to the best of my ability with my staff."

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