Manchester United parted ways with Ole Gunnar Solskajer at the weekend after another poor result, losing 4-1 to Watford, making his position as manager untenable as the club sits 12 points from first place.
The initial departure statement from United seemed to mean that Solskjær would be replaced in the short term by a temporary manager, who would then make room for the summer for a permanent opportunity, but MEN Sport understands that United’s preferred long-term goal Mauricio Pochettino would be open. to join the club as soon as possible after becoming uneasy in Paris-Saint Germain.
The Pochettino news, of course, delighted all fans as they worried that the appointment of an interim manager would signal that this season was being considered a ‘write-off’, while the club actually still has a chance at the top four and silverware under a leader of Pochettino’s standard.
But there’s an added bonus of getting the Argentine manager that some United fans may not have realized.
Ed Woodward resigned from this role as vice-president of United in April following the club’s debacle involving the European Super League, where he was declared one of the driving forces behind the fateful commitment to change the game ‘for the better’. ‘
But many fans have been confused that Woodward is still at the club in December, and one of the latest reports of his departure caused further outrage.
As reported by Sky Sports, Woodward is considering staying at the club to manage United’s transfer from Solskjær to a temporary manager and then to their permanent manager. This would mean that since Woodward ‘stepped down’, he would have spent more than another year at the club.
But appointing Pochettino now would remove that excuse for Woodward to stay at the club, and if he were to remain so, it would reveal a more cynical motive that Woodward does not want to leave his position as vice-president right now.
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Woodward has done many things during his time on the business side, which has helped United financially, improved relations with sponsors and gained more deals for the club and new revenue streams. But for fans who are mainly focused on the footballing side of the operation, they will not fully appreciate this work, and to be honest, why should they?
Many fans have already been disappointed with the news that Richard Arnold was lined up as Woodwards’ replacement, as their choice would have been former United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar. Arnold has already failed to fall in love with the fan base after his indecision over firing Solskajer, and it looks like if Woodward decides to stay, Arnold will have to wait even later to take the reign.
United’s appointment of Pochettino solves a lot of problems immediately, and if it has the added benefit of allowing United to finally move on from the Woodward era, it could allow fans to move on from this era, and such a controversial figure before. than later, it will be met with great response.
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