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Pochettino picks first two Man Utd signings

It is understood that Manchester United are becoming increasingly confident of landing their number one choice for manager, PSG’s Mauricio Pochettino after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following the club’s defeat to Watford.

As a result, it is understood that the Argentine has made it known to United chiefs who he wants them to sign should he decide to join the club.

One being former player who he managed at Tottenham, Kieran Trippier and highly-rated and widely sought-after Sevilla centre back Jules Kounde.

Pochettino picks first two Man Utd signings

 

Defensive reinforcements clearly a priority

One thing that Pochettino did well at former club Spurs was recruit intelligently in defence, having identified Belgian duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in addition to Davinson Sanchez, plus Hugo Lloris in goal.

Throw into the mix Trippier and Spurs on their day had one of the best back five in the English top five.

A major problem area for United this season has been in defence, despite the signing of four-time Champions League winner, Raphael Varane.

However, a decline in form of captain Harry Maguire and uncertainty over Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof has led to a major leakage of goals.

Having tried playing both a two and a three at the back – systems that Pochettino implemented with success while at Spurs, it appears that United have managed to make neither one work.

 

What would Trippier and Kounde add?

It is no secret what Trippier would contribute to United, though with Aaron Wan Bissaka also in the squad, it begs the question as to whether United need him.

However, Pochettino clearly trusts the 31-year-old who won the La Liga for Atletico Madrid last season.

Meanwhile, Kounde is one of the most highly regarded centre backs in Europe and the recently turned 23-year-old was subject of major interest from Chelsea last summer.

Very capable defensively, he is also just as comfortable with the ball at his feet as he has demonstrated for Sevilla on multiple occasions.

Potential stumbling blocks over the pursuit of both players could come in the form of their asking price, with both combined likely to cost upwards of £100 million. After spending £130 million in the summer on Jadon Sancho, Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo, this could well be beyond them in January.