Pochettino now 2/1 to be next Manchester United manager

It is anyone's guess as to who the next Manchester United manager could be, as Erik ten Hag comes under increasing pressure to keep his job.

The Red Devils finished in their lowest-ever position of eighth in the Premier League era, and are in real danger of also missing out on European football altogether in the same period.

They do still have an FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium to look forward to on Saturday afternoon, but in a repeat of last season's final, they face their city rivals and noisy neighbours Manchester City, who will be overwhelming favourites to beat them again.

Should Ten Hag lose that, then it is hard to see him staying at Old Trafford beyond this season.

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Pochettino has recently left his post at Chelsea – Photo by Icon Sport

Pochettino now 2/1 in next Manchester United manager odds market

With Ten Hag's tenure now hanging by a thread, news broke on Tuesday evening that Mauricio Pochettino had left his job at Chelsea by mutual consent, despite a strong finish to the season for the Blues. Indeed, they only lost once in the Premier League since February, and accumulated the fourth-most points since the New Year, only bettered by the top three in Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Pochettino also guided Chelsea to Carabao Cup final, narrowly losing 1-0 to Liverpool after dominating large parts of the game and missing a plethora of big chances. They also went narrowly down to Man City 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-final, and an overall sixth-place finish in the league guaranteed the return of European football at Stamford Bridge, and a major improvement on last season's finish of 12th.

However, Chelsea's board have decided that ‘Poch' is not the man to take the club forward, and now he has emerged as a strong candidate to potentially take over from Ten Hag at Man Utd, with bookmakers even giving him 2/1 odds. The move would make sense given his previous experience in the Premier League managing at the top level.

The Argentine also has a reputation of working well with youth, and with Man Utd set to build the team around youngsters Alejandro Garnacho, Kobbie Mainooo and Rasmus Hojlund, Pochettino could prove to be a good fit.

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Potter was unfortunately sacked by Chelsea after just a few months in charge – Photo by Icon Sport

Graham Potter

According to talkSPORT, former Brighton and Hove Albion and Chelsea manager Graham Potter is a possible candidate to take over from Ten Hag at Old Trafford. He is reportedly held in high regard by Sir Jim Ratcliffe and incoming sporting director Dan Ashworth, and is currently out of a job.

Potter has, however, been linked with Ten Hag's former employees Ajax, and touted to potentially replace Gareth Southgate as England boss after Euro 2024.

Given that he is a free agent, the Red Devils would not have to pay any compensation to get Potter out of a job, so from a financial point of view, a move for him would make sense. He has also managed in the Premier League before, and so would need no time to adjust to his surroundings.

Potter generally did a fine job at Brighton which earned him a big move to Chelsea, but it did not quite work out at Stamford Bridge. He was sacked only months into the job, despite Chelsea paying Brighton a large compensation fee to get him and his backroom staff through the door.

However, Potter was arguably a victim of his surroundings with the chaos of Todd Boehly's takeover lurking in the background, and could be a success at United given the chance.

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Mourinho was sacked by Roma earlier this season – Photo by Icon Sport

Jose Mourinho

According to Manchester Evening News, Jose Mourinho would love to manage Man Utd for a second spell. He is a friend of Ratcliffe's, but is not expecting a call from him anytime soon to take his seat in the Old Trafford dugout. Like Potter, Mourinho is currently out of a job at the moment, after being sacked by AS Roma earlier this season.

In his first spell in charge of the Red Devils, he won the UEFA Europa League, Carabao Cup and Community Shield, but could not get his hands on the Premier League, FA Cup or UEFA Champions League. Yet, he famously said that his greatest achievement was actually to finish second in the Premier League with United, behind only the famous Manchester City centurions of 2017/18.

However, Mourinho is known to play a defensive brand of football that is not always easy on the eye, and United fans are used to their teams playing a free-flowing attacking style over the years. Despite his impressive CV, that has seen him win multiple Premier League and Champions League titles among many other accolades, his return would probably not go down well among the Old Trafford supporters.

Frank has kept Brentford in the Premier League for another season – Photo by Icon Sport

Thomas Frank

Frank is the latest name to be linked with the Man Utd managerial position, as according to The Telegraph, he is a strong contender to potentially replace Ten Hag. He has admirers at the club, having previously worked with sporting director Sir Dave Brailsford, and having an existing relationship with co-owners Ineos.

Frank has overseen Brentford in three successive seasons in the Premier League, including a ninth-placed finish, which is impressive considering the relatively shoestring budget they have compared to some of the other wealthier clubs. He also guided the Bees to a league double win over treble winners Man City last season, the only team to do so, and has helped develop players like Ivan Toney.

After 11 years without a league title, it is clear that Man Utd need to go in a different direction under new ownership. And Frank could bring some of his strong ideas into the club. Brentford are known to be data-driven when it comes to things such as recruitment, and Frank helped spearhead this, so the Dane could potentially introduce this at Old Trafford.

In turn, that could result in a vast improvement on some of Man Utd's poor transfer business over the years since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.

Adam is a lead writer on Football Whispers. He is a big Arsenal fan, and also follows his local club Wealdstone, made famous by The Wealdstone Raider, of whom he has interviewed. Adam also follows darts, boxing, cricket and tennis, among many other sports.