Paul Scholes gives his thoughts on Mauricio Pochettino becoming Manchester United boss

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It’s the start of a new era for Manchester United this weekend.

Following Jose Mourinho’s sacking, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is tasked with steadying the ship.

His first match in charge is, ironically, against the side that sacked him as manager back in 2014 - Cardiff City.

For the rest of the season, the former striker’s task will be to get his former club to finish in the top four, where they’re currently 11 points off the pace.

But whatever happens, it looks as though Solskjaer’s appointment is only temporary.

The Red Devils have paid Norwegian side Molde £1.8 million to take him ‘on loan’ as caretaker manager but will have to pay an additional 7.2 million if they decide to keep him beyond the end of the season.

Solskjaer’s certainly not the favourite to get the job on a permanent basis, though.

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Instead, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino leads the betting.

There has been plenty of rumours circulating that the Argentine could be tempted to leave Spurs for United come the summer, only fuelled by Pochettino’s reluctance to discuss it.

SCHOLES ON POCHETTINO

But it sounds like United are rather keen on him and Paul Scholes is the latest to sing his praises.

"Pochettino's the man," Scholes told BBC Radio 5 Live, per Manchester Evening News.

"If he wants the job then I think it's his.

"He carries himself brilliantly with the media and with his team. He promotes young players and most importantly he wins a lot of football matches."

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Some people may question Pochettino’s credentials considering he’s never won a trophy but Scholes believes he’ll have a great chance to do just that at Old Trafford.

"I know people say he's got a great team at Tottenham. He has," he added.

"But can he ever really win the league with Tottenham? I'm not sure he can. With United, he'll have the spending power, the money and he'll be capable of winning the league. I think if he wants the job then he's definitely the man.

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"You look back six months and we finished second in the Premier League so can we be that far behind?

"Confidence is obviously very low and he's going to need some new players, there's no doubt about that.

"Especially if Pochettino comes in, he wants his players to play football and play with confidence so he'll need a couple of centre-halves who can play football and can play out from the back.

"I think he'll need a midfield player, possibly a centre-forward so you're looking at maybe three or four players. Pochettino, if he comes, will bring his experience with what he's done at Tottenham as well.

"He could make a big difference to this team."

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