Mauricio Pochettino would be the ideal appointment for Manchester United in the summer, as he’s clearly not happy with his role at Paris Saint-Germain.
That’s according to ex-United and England defender Paul Parker, who was speaking on The Betfred Football Show ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures.
He pointed out that although the former Spurs manager said publicly that he’s happy in Paris, he didn’t say he was happy in his job.
“He doesn’t seem to be enjoying his football,” said Parker. “It’s not a Pochettino team, it’s a team put together for him to manage.”
He described a link-up between Pochettino and United as a “great appointment.”
He referred to his presence, and believes his tactics would be ideal at Old Trafford.
Speaking ahead of the pending appointment of Ralf Rangnick as the interim boss on a six-month contract, Parker said: “That policy of making a temporary appointment could present problems in the dressing room.”
He suggested players could “act accordingly” and point out to the interim boss: “Hang on, I’m here longer than you.”
Parker, 57, said that he felt Solskjaer had “reached his level”, and the parting of the ways came “a few weeks too late”.
For Sunday’s much-anticipated game at Stamford Bridge, he’s predicting a miserable afternoon for caretaker boss Michael Carrick, who is more than likely taking of charge of the United team for the last time.
“For United to take anything out of this game would be incredible,” said Parker, who also, arguably controversially, suggested that Chelsea are looking better without the injured Romelu Lukaku.
He’s predicting wins for the top three in the Premier League, with Liverpool beating Southampton at home, Chelsea triumphing over United and City doing the business against West Ham.
In the other fixtures, Parker opted for Palace to be too strong for Villa, Wolves to win at fast-improving Norwich, Brighton to beat Leeds – and on Sunday he fancies home wins for Brentford, Burnley and Leicester against Everton, Spurs and Watford respectively.