Mauricio Pochettino would prefer the challenge of managing Manchester United rather than Manchester City, TalkSPORT pundit Ally McCoist believes.
Pressure is building on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after an awful start to the season and poor transfer window where key problems within the squad were not addressed.
United have conceded 11 goals in their opening three league games, including six in the humiliation against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham before the international break.
While the season has only just begun, murmurings of Mauricio Pochettino’s name are already growing louder with the Argentine still out of work following his sacking from Spurs last November.
Solskjaer has a challenge on his hands to turn the tide at Old Trafford with the confidence of his players low and a tough fixture list coming up.
And if it comes to the stage that United and rivals City are both courting Pochettino, McCoist believes the 48-year-old would be more inclined to pick the Reds as his next job.
“United, I think,” the former Rangers boss told TalkSPORT.
“It’s a bit like Spurs where they probably haven’t won anything for a long, long time in terms of the league. I think that would maybe appeal to him a lot more.
“You look at a club like Manchester United who I don’t think would be too far away to say they’ve lost their way since Sir Alex Ferguson left.
“Clearly they’ve won things, that’s for sure. But a club like Man United, if you speak to boys like Gary Neville and Roy Keane they should be up challenging for the title most years, if not all the time.
“They haven’t been doing that. So I think there’s probably more work to do maybe at Manchester United than perhaps Manchester City.”
As McCoist notes, United is certainly a bigger rebuild job than Man City who are plotting a title bid this season.
Regardless of who is manager, United will struggle to return to competing domestically while key footballing decisions are made by the incompetent Ed Woodward, who is the perfect frontier for the Glazers.
Pochettino would certainly have more accommodating owners at City if he replaced Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium.