It’s 2022 and Manchester United are still an absolute shambles. Four managers have been and gone and the club is still in disarray ever since the great Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
So how will English football’s most successful club ever get out of this unrelenting slump? Chucking money at the cause certainly doesn’t seem to be working.
In fact, Manchester United have a bigger net spend than any other side since 2012, having splashed above a billion pounds since 2012, with neighbourhood rivals Manchester City forking out the second most in just under a billion.
So where does the club go next?
Get Harry Kane and Maurizio Pochettino back togethor at Old Trafford is what I say!
Get Kane And Pochettino
One thing’s for sure, this summer will be absolutely crucial and the club has some huge decisions to make.
Ralf Rangnick has failed his audition for the manager’s role after taking over as interim December and it seems Mauricio Pochettino and Erik Ten Hag, of PSG and Ajax respectively, are the leading candidates.
I believe if United have any hope of returning to the glory days, the club will do everything to reunite Harry Kane and Poch at Old Trafford.
Unsuccessful PSG Spell
Make no mistake, the latter has hardly covered himself in glory in the French capital.
He failed to win Ligue 1 after taking over from Thomas Tuchel in January last year, crashed out of the Champions League this season after bottling their lead against Real Madrid and perhaps most significantly, has failed to get Lionel Messi firing since his arrival in the summer.
Nevertheless, Pochettino and Manchester United have always seemed to be a match made in heaven, and who better to lead the new revolution at the Theatre of Dreams than Harry Kane?
The England captain’s career was sparked to life by the Argentine in N17 at Spurs and reports this week suggest Kane, 28, is at the top of United’s wish-list this summer.
The stats suggest that if they do bring him to Old Trafford, then they should do everything to lure Poch too to the club too.
The three most prolific Premier League seasons of Kane's career to date all came under the Argentine, with the striker recording goal tallies of 30, 29 and 25 in 2015/16, 16/17 and 17/18 respectively.
Kane himself has made no secret of his continued respect for Pochettino. He revealed in an interview last year that he was cheering on PSG in the Champions League because he wanted to see his friend succeed.
"We got so close to winning it with Mauricio," Kane told the Evening Standard . "I would love to see him win it. We had a great relationship. He is a great person, a great friend."
Asked in the interview if players and managers can ever really be friends, Kane replied: "He was the boss, the leader, the one that set the standards in how we played and how we trained. So friendship would never get in the way of what he did on the football side of things.
"But we became friends in that the things we did and talked about went beyond football."
Man City Or Man United?
We saw how close Kane came to leaving Spurs for Man City last summer, with the north London club holding out on their £150m valuation of the player.
But do we really want to see City get another world class player in their ranks?
They already boast the best squad depth in the league and arguably the greatest manager in their ranks, Pep Guardiola.
United, meanwhile, need a marquee signing and big-name manager if they have any hope of competing with City, Liverpool and Chelsea again.
And this summer looks set for a familiar transfer story, we look set for a similar transfer saga, only with the red half of Manchester playing the chasing role for the England captain’s services.
But if Pochettino and Kane were to be reunited at Old Trafford, there would be very few doubters because history emphatically tells us that Pochettino + Kane = goals.
Perhaps it’s just what the Red Devils need.
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