Pochettino opens up to Manchester United’s approach

Paris St-Germain is 11 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 after 14 games

Mauricio Pochettino is open to becoming a Manchester United manager and it is not ruled out that they can get the Paris St-Germain manager now.

The Argentine is highly respected at Old Trafford, but there was a feeling it might be difficult to get him away from PSG mid-season.

United fired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday and said they were looking to name an interim manager.

But the possible availability of Pochettino could change that.

United is not believed to have come close yet, but the 49-year-old is less than fully satisfied with the setup at PSG, where his role is essentially that of first-team coach, with all the club’s broader issues and problems. of soccer driven by sport. director Leonardo.

Pochettino enjoyed greater control during his five years at Tottenham and is known to be eager to return to the Premier League.

He has never hidden the fact that he would like to return to directing in the English game and while he lives in a hotel in Paris, his family remains in London. However, this element of travel is not believed to be a very important factor, as the capital is just as easy to get to from Paris as it is from Manchester.

The former Southampton manager has been in charge of PSG for 10 months and this season is 11 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 after 14 games and one point behind Manchester City in their Champions League group. In fact, Pochettino will be in Manchester this week for his team’s game against the Premier League champions.

Part of his unhappiness in Paris has to do with the club’s culture. His squad includes superstars like Lionel Messi, Kylian MbappĂ© and Neymar, but the squad is lopsided. There is an excess of left backs, for example, and there was a feeling that they did not need to sign Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in the summer.

Those recruiting decisions are out of Pochettino’s hands as, in transfers, he is essentially an advisor to Leonardo.

After taking over at the Parc des Princes in January, Pochettino endured a difficult first season as he tried to overcome long-standing criticism about him – that he hasn’t won big trophies.

He lifted the Trophee des Champions, the French equivalent of the Community Shield, within days of taking office and won the Coupe de France in May.

But PSG failed to win the Ligue 1 title for the second time in nine seasons, finishing one point behind Lille, and was knocked out of the Champions League by Manchester City in the semi-finals.

Pochettino is reluctant to force a move mid-season, but a move to Old Trafford could work for both sides, as the Qatari owners of PSG are known to be big fans of Zinedine Zidane, the former Real Madrid manager who is without job.

However, there are other possibilities for United.

They are also known to admire Ajax’s Erik Ten Hag, but it is believed that he would not be willing to leave the club mid-season. Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers has fans too.

If United are seeking an interim appointment, their former French defender Laurent Blanc has been mentioned as a potential candidate. He has not had a job in Europe since 2016 and is working in Qatar.

It has also been suggested that former United captain Steve Bruce would be interested in the position in the short term following his departure from Newcastle.

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