The January window is usually tricky but United could look to resurrect a deal that they tried so hard to push for this summer.
That one such player is Kieran Trippier, who United had earmarked as an ideal signing across the summer months after Solskjaer had raised concerns over Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s credentials to move the ball forward in transitions as every modern-day full-back should.
Trippier was born in Bury and was keen on the idea of being closer to his family, something which United could make possible.
It’s almost certain that if Solskjaer had doubts over Wan-Bissaka’s ability to contribute in attack then Pochettino will too. The former Tottenham boss’ sides have been underpinned by energetic full-backs, who are capable when roaming into dangerous areas.
Trippier played a key role in the success that Pochettino enjoyed at Tottenham and the pair enjoyed a productive four years together in London, however, their relationship seemingly deteriorated when the right-back joined Atletico Madrid in 2019.
“I spoke to the manager about his plans and I didn’t get a yes or a no,” Trippier explained at the time. “You get the impression. It’s disappointing. I gave everything for the club and I wanted to stay. I tried to speak to the chairman. I just didn’t really get an answer.”
Trippier tried to contact Pochettino through text yet there was no answer. His number had changed. The England international also tried to use Harry Kane to get his message through to his former manager as he was desperate to clear the air about his exit.
“I’ve got no problem with Kieran,” Pochettino said. “In football, decisions happen and players move from one club to another. We need to move on. The reality is one reality but who is right in all this process? I keep very good memories of him.”
Trippier is still well thought of at United and if Pochettino is true to his word – he’s claimed that he has no problem with the player -then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him become the first signing of his United reign if he does swap Paris for Manchester.
Pochettino knows how to get the best out of Trippier and he’d certainly make an excellent alternative to Wan-Bissaka.