Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has warned that even Mauricio Pochettino would struggle with United’s current crop of under-performing players, amid rumours that the Argentine could replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford.
Despite having enjoyed impressive wins over both PSG and RB Leipzig so far this season, a number of below-par displays have seen current United boss Solskjaer put under intense scrutiny as he approaches almost two years at the helm.
The Norwegian has overseen just two wins from six in the Premier League so far this season, with their most recent fixture seeing them suffer a 1-0 defeat to ‘big six’ rivals Arsenal as their wretched home form continues.
Solskjaer’s week then got even worse on Wednesday evening after United were undone by Champions League debutants Istanbul Basaksehir, with the Turkish champions running out 2-1 winners after some woeful defending from the visitors.
The fallout of such a defeat has seen a number of rumours suggest that former Tottenham Hotspur boss Pochettino could well be on his way to Manchester, with the 48-year-old having been strongly linked with the job over the past 18 months or so. Whether such rumours are in fact true remains to be seen, although former Bulgaria international Berbatov believes that even with Pochettino United will continue to struggle and questioned the attitude of the current first-team squad.
”If there’s truth to the Mauricio Pochettino rumours, it’s hard to blame United really,” Berbatov told Betfair . “When the team plays bad, the buck stops with the boss, and this has always been true.
“I saw him recently as a guest commentator, and he said he is ready to work again, so it’s hard to stop those rumours. The one thing that won’t change, however, are the players.
“A new boss won’t change how they play. Yes, when you have a new manager you can see a bounce, but overall the attitude remains the same. No aggression, no passion, no holding each other to account.