Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be under increased pressure of the sack at Manchester United ahead of their Premier League match with Sheffield United.

That is because Mauricio Pochettino is now available as manager following his sacking by Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs dismissed Pochettino after five-and-a-half years in charge and quickly replaced him with former Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho.

As BBC Sport reports, the Argentine has constantly been linked with the Old Trafford job in recent times. Now Man United could hire Pochettino without having to buy him out of his contract.

The same story also says that Solskjaer has the full backing of the board. The Norwegian did only sign a three-year contract in March, after all.

Yet the prospect of Pochettino taking the helm is likely to be an attractive one.

Solskjaer and Manchester United face the Blades

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Who turned out to be Pochettino’s last opponent as Tottenham manager? Sheffield United, of course.

Their comeback to draw 1-1 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the final game before the international break eventually sealed the 47-year-old’s fate.

Now Solskjaer faces the same tricky prospect. After 12 matches, the newly promoted side sit a point and two places above his team in fifth.

The Blades have already beaten Arsenal and drawn at Chelsea this season as well. A trip to Bramall Lane is probably not one Solskjaer relishes when your potential successor has suddenly become available.

ESPN report that Old Trafford or Real Madrid remain Pochettino’s most likely destinations. The South American has been linked with both roles in recent times and Zinedine Zidane is also under some pressure in the Spanish capital.

Defeat in South Yorkshire on Sunday could leave the Red Devils as many as 12 points adrift of the top four and the Champions League places.

That trust in Solskjaer from Ed Woodward and the rest of the Man United board will only last so long in that scenario.

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