Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Not Phased By Mauricio Pochettino Availability


Mauricio Pochettino, who has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United whenever the gig at Old Trafford has been open in recent years, is now a free agent again. Sacked by Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday and replaced by Jose Mourinho on Wednesday, Pochettino could get just about any open job he wants right now.

He’s already been heavily linked with Bayern Munich, but the United community cannot help but speculate on the possibility of Poch supplanting Ole Gunnar Solsksjaer. It doesn’t appear that Solskjaer’s job is an any danger, and he has insisted that Argentine’s newly found availability doesn’t affect the security of his job.


“It doesn’t bother me at all,” The Norwegian said at his press conference earlier today.

“I’ve got the best job in the world and if you’re in or out of a job you want this job, so it doesn’t really matter whatever happens around it.”

“I’ve got to focus on my job at Manchester United and do it as well as we can. I speak with Ed [Woodward] and the owners all the time about how we move the club forward and that doesn’t change if others change managers.”

Solskjaer got off to a really hot start last season, when he was interim manager, but as soon he became full time boss, the team sputtered and limped until the end of the season.

This year has been blah as well, with the Red Devils currently sitting seventh as they head to Sheffield United on Sunday.

OGS also welcomed Mourinho back to the Premiership and seemed to also welcome the attention that the new Spurs boss will attract, and thus ease some of the over-coverage of his side. 

“It’s good to have Jose back,” the Norwegian continued.

“Especially for you guys [the media] and maybe for me, so you can talk and write about everything else. You like Jose coming back it’s going to be a spectacle and a circus.

“For Mauricio, it’s always sad when one of your colleagues, a good man, loses his job before Christmas. I wish him all the best.”

Solskjaer is absolutely right; on all counts.

Manchester United at Sheffield United FYIs

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Kickoff: 4:30 BST, Nov 24, Bramall Lane

Google Result Probability: Manchester United win 43%, Draw 30%, Sheffield United win 27%

Form Guide: Sheffield United-  DWDWD  Manchester United- WLWDL

Odds via Betfair Exchange: Manchester United win 11/8, Draw 12/5, Brighton & Hove Albion 13/5

Prediction: Sheffield United 1, Manchester United 1

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