MAURICIO POCHETTINO should be Manchester United’s next manager, says club legend Paul Ince.
The Red Devils fell to a lacklustre 1-0 defeat at home to Wolves on Monday night.
And watching on in the Sky studio, former skipper Ince was unimpressed.
Ralf Rangnick was appointed as interim boss until the end of the season at the end of November, but the German manager is yet to win the approval of Ince.
The 54-year-old said: “I think he’s [Rangnick] had enough time [to prepare the team] – they’ve not played for three weeks.
“I know Carrington’s been shut for six days, but he’s had 12 days of training, he must know what personnel he’s gonna play, and how they’re gonna play – he must do.
“As Jamie [Redknapp] says, Pep [Guardiola] does, [Jurgen] Klopp does – we just look like we’re at sixes and sevens at Man United.
“Everybody looks lost! Everyone’s turning round to say ‘what’re we doing? we’re unsure about this. Is this the right way to go?’
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Ince then went on to say that he believed ex-Tottenham boss Pochettino was ‘the man’ for Manchester United, and could still be come the end of the season.
Pochettino was linked with the Old Trafford job before Rangnick was appointed on a short-term basis.
But Ince reckons United could return with an offer for PSG boss Pochettino, depending on how far he leads the French team in the Champions League.
He continued: “Like Jamie says, they won’t be solved in a year. Maybe the two years. When I watched Chelsea, Liverpool yesterday I was just dreaming that I could see Man United playing like that one day because it was an unbelievable standard of football.
“I thought Pochettino was the man, I’ve always clamoured for him to be the man. He still might be the man if PSG don’t win the Champions League.
“But whoever the man is has to have a four-year project. This team needs investment.
“The recruitment has been poor over so many, many years. It needs the right man, with the right philosophy and the right project to take this club forward.
“You can’t, as Jamie said, have a manager in the next season and if things aren’t going well after five months – we start booing him – it ain’t gonna work.”
Ince finally pointed out that whoever is the next man appointed at Old Trafford, must be a long-term replacement, as Jurgen Klopp has been at Liverpool.
He claimed: “Look at Klopp – he’s been there five years, four-five years. I’m sure Tuchel will be there three-four years.
“We need one of those elite managers. We don’t need an interim manager, that doesn’t give a positive to anybody – the fans, the players – is Rangnick gonna be there next season?
“We don’t know! We need someone that’s an elite, top-class manager like Pochettino, someone of that ilk to go ‘right, this is what we’re doing, this is how we’re gonna do it and this is going to take us to where we want to get to.
“Because as far as I’m concerned looking at that we’re miles and miles and miles away from Liverpool, City and Chelsea.”
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