The cost of potentially getting Pochettino out of Tottenham where he has a contract until 2023 is of course significant but an estimated £42 million compensation bill would surely still represents value in the context of some of United’s on-field spending.
In any case, as Chelsea and Southampton respectively discovered when they formalised the appointments of Roberto di Matteo and Mark Hughes on the basis of a short-term bounce, the easy decision can also come with significant financial pain.
And, with Tottenham also in the Champions League quarter-final and three points ahead of Manchester United in the Premier League on a fraction of the budget, the wider context is surely clear. Pochettino was the best choice when United mistakenly opted for Mourinho back in 2016 and nothing much has changed.
Moment of the weekend
OK, three goals in the last 21 minutes was impressive by Manchester City but what made the FA Cup tie was Swansea’s wonderful first-half performance and 2-0 lead. And the breathtaking moment that summed all that up was Bersant Celina’s memorable finish to a brilliant team goal.