Five players Pochettino could try to sign at Man Utd

  • Tom Grant
  • November 24, 2021, 16:18 CET
  • 4 min read
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Mauricio Pochettino is the bookies favourite to be the next manager tasked with bringing back major trophies to Manchester United.

The PSG head coach is 11/5 to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who United sacked after defeat at Watford on Saturday.

Links between Pochettino and United have never gone away since his Tottenham days, and negotiations are believed to be under way despite him being in the middle of a current campaign with PSG.

A new manager inevitably means building a new team that suits the style and system of the new man at the helm.

Players will leave but more so new players will arrive and give United fans fresh hope they can reclaim the Premier League trophy they last won in 2013 under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Here, FootballTransfers picks five players that Pochettino could target at Old Trafford.

Harry Kane

A move to United's city rivals Manchester City never materialised this summer for Harry Kane.

The failure of the reported £125 million offer from City appeared to impact the Tottenham striker's form, and he has netted just once in the Premier League this term.

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But much like Pochettino, links to United have consistently simmered in the background and having worked so successfully under the Argentine at Spurs, Kane to United makes sense - if they can convince Spurs to sell.

Kalvin Phillips

Kalvin Phillips flourished at Euro 2020, becoming one of the standout players in a successful tournament for the Three Lions as they reached the final.

And, he was key to Leeds' return to the Premier League last season, helping the team finish a respectable ninth in the table.

Kalvin Phillips, Leeds Utd

But second season syndrome has struck with the side hovering just above the relegation zone in 17th.

At 25-years-old, the time to make a career-defining move is now and Phillips would add a depth in quality to Poch's United squad.

Kieran Trippier

Another player who has worked under Pochettino before is Kieran Trippier.

The manager signed Trippier for Spurs, and the pair enjoyed a successful run to the Champions League final in 2019.

Pochettino's style relies on the wide full-backs heavily involved in the attack, and Trippier's engine on the right would fill a role many believe is currently United's weakest position on the pitch, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka a target of criticism this season.

Aurelian Tchouameni

Manchester United are in dire need of a central midfielder and with Paul Pogba's contract set to expire, the hunt for his replacement is already underway.

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Scott McTominay continues to split opinion amongst the United faithful and Nemanja Matic is likely to be in his last year with the club.

Aurelian Tchouameni is young, dynamic and exactly the type of player that can breathe life into a stale midfield.

The Monaco man has been played every minute of the Ligue 1's side season this year and has been capped by France on seven occasions.

Jules Kounde

There's no hiding the fact that Harry Maguire has had a poor 2021/22 season for Man Utd.

His poor recent performances were compounded when he was sent off in Solskjaer's last match against Watford.

Raphael Varane signed in the summer to become United's number one defender and Pochettino could do a lot worse than looking at Sevilla's Jules Kounde to act as his partner.

Another young man at 23-years-old, Kounde is strong, physical and fast, and could learn his trade playing with ex-Real Madrid man Varane.

A hole needs to be plugged in the United defence, with only Newcastle and Norwich conceding more goals than them in the league this season.