Pressure will mount on Solskjaer with Pochettino waiting backstage, says former Manchester United striker Sheringham

The Norwegian saw his team leave the Champions League this week and his former teammate believes that the heat is more than ever for him

The pressure will only grow for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Manchester United’s exit from the Champions League, according to Teddy Sheringham, who feels that talking about Mauricio Pochettino “waiting behind the scenes” is likely to add to that burden.

The Norwegian saw his side emerge from top European competition after failing to score a point in their last two group stage matches against Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig.

Having previously beaten both sides in reverse matches earlier in the season, and having held a lead at the top of Group H prior to that date, the Red Devils’ failure to secure a knockout soccer has contributed to the perpetual discussion about the Solskjaer’s future in charge.

The former Molde boss was recruited as an interim replacement two years ago and received the full-time job in early 2019, but has yet to earn a single piece of silver as a manager at Old Trafford.

Sheringham, who memorably teamed up with Solskjaer to score the two injury-time goals that earned United the 1999 Champions League crown, admits he feels his former teammate is under pressure and will know. that dust accumulates in the trophy cabinet can only be viewed as a failure.

“It’s a result that does put more pressure on him,” said the former England international. CardsChat. “Rumors have circulated about Pochettino supposedly waiting behind the scenes and he certainly could have done so without failing to qualify for the knockout stages.

“The pressure will build again if they fail in the league in the next few weeks. Ole is a lovely kid and I don’t want that to happen and I hope he keeps the job.

“When you play for Man Utd, you understand what the situation is. You listen to Roy Keane and that’s what it’s all about: United to win things.

“Not being in the Champions League places, not being second, not being a daring runner-up. You are there to win things, you are in the biggest club in the country, in Europe, maybe even in the world, so I know. expect me to win things.

“Ole knows it, he has lived that feeling, that way of life and he knows that anything other than success and winning trophies is failure.”

Former Spurs boss Pochettino has been out of work since José Mourinho, the man Solskjaer triumphed at United, took over at Tottenham last year, but Sheringham doesn’t think the Argentine’s departure from the game has hurt his skills .

“I am almost certain that Pochettino has already been offered a job,” he added. “He’s probably waiting for the right one.

“I think he now has that reputation where he can choose what job he wants. I certainly thought he was a fantastic coach so I don’t think it will be long before he comes back.