Even though they have underperformed on the pitch on many occasions, Solskjaer has made some very astute signings and brought through promising youth products, and keeping him at the club to work alongside Pochettino may be a masterstroke by the club.
The introduction of Mason Greenwood has turned into one of Europe's most notable rises, as he looks like one of the best finishers in the league already as a teenager. Elsewhere, the astronomical development of Marcus Rashford has seen him score more goals than ever, domestically, on the continent and internationally.
The high-profile signing that everyone reveres is, of course, Bruno Fernandes, who already plays that Christian Eriksen-esque role at United that Pochettino found so much success with alongise the Dane. Donny van de Beek also looks a brilliant signing for the future after his performances for Ajax, but his great potential has yet to be unleashed in England, whilst the likes of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka show clear intent at building young (often British) youth.
Bringing on Solskjaer back in December 2018 had one main selling point to it, outside of any sort of tactical nouse: he knows the club. This comes at the same time United become desperate for a director of football, so deals for Jadon Sancho don't slip away, despite the fact both he and the club were willing to sell.
Now, having Solskjaer move up to the directors' box and have Pochettino one the sidelines doesn't just look like improving the current squad, but spectacular, astute business for the future and then some.
Improvement is needed, and Pochettino is proven at this level and within Europe. Whether he is the name who can bring together an often dysfunctional group of players is unknown, but you would do well to find many managers currently unemployed with the capabilities of the Argentine. If Ed Woodward is serious about getting United back to the very top, moving Solskjaer to oversee the actual football side of things - rather than have himself take the reigns - would not just allow a title-competing manager to take the helm, but also give United exactly what they need behind the scenes: a football brain, sprinkled with the United ethos and Sir Alex Ferguson blueprint for success.
By Andrew Delaney