As the Champions League group stage has come to an end and a winter break is coming soon, the Premier League will know no respite with five days to go before December 31 and the Manchester United-Manchester City derby has it all. a match, which can be a turning point in a season for both clubs, and above all, a particular coach.
If the English press had the power to decide, he would have already been replaced by Mauricio Pochettino, often quoted for a few weeks, and who would be ready to come according to the Sun.
Called two years ago after the dismissal of José Mourinho, the Norwegian was considered an interim, pending a big name, to become the new successor of Ferguson (still not found ...).
But his exceptional start with 14 victories in his first 19 matches, convinced his leaders to keep him and pay compensation of 8 million euros to Molde, his former club.
The former "Super-Sub" of the Red Devils from 1996 to 2017, had everything of the ideal trainer, but this label of coach "lambda" sticks to his skin.
And Mauricio Pochettino's foot appeals to the Premier League don't help either ...
Solskjær haunted by Pochettino amid Old Trafford high-wire act @DaveHytnerhttps: //t.co/p2ansBfJtN
- Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) December 11, 2020
The leadership behind him for now
Ed Woodward, the club's vice-president - who has already fired Moyes, Van Gaal, Mourinho since taking office in 2012 - has always supported him publicly.
The podium last year, behind the two big names Liverpool and Manchester City and the decisive goals like the "Fergie Time", speak for him (8 goals scored for 3 conceded in the last quarter of an hour this season, best English balance sheet).
But the words of Mino Raiola on Pogba, "unhappy at Manchester United", show the discomfort of a club in total construction, and which has just been eliminated in the Champions League following a new defeat in Leipzig during the last hen day.
However, a week before, the English had three points ahead of the Germans with a particularly favorable difference (5-0 victory in the first leg against Leipzig) then… everything collapsed (3-2).
On the field of Istanbul Basaksehir last November, the rearguard had already been distressing, and today, the Norwegian embodies the coach who has lost six times in ten C1 games, no other coach of 'English training has done worse so far.
Still placed in the league (sixth to five units behind leader Tottenham with one more match to play), the Norwegian could in case of defeat against Manchester City, have a sword of Damocles over his head ...
In the story
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- Julien Choquet (@JulienChoquet) November 4, 2020
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