PSG respond as Man Utd make their move for Pochettino

Date published: Wednesday 24th November 2021 1:54 - Joe Williams

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Man Utd have had their first approach for Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino knocked back by the French club, according to reports.

The former Argentina international is one of the names linked with the job at Old Trafford on a permanent basis after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked on Sunday.

Solskjaer led Man Utd on a disastrous run of results that has seen them slide down the Premier League table to eighth.

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Five losses in their last seven Premier League matches and only three wins in 11 fixtures in all competitions – before their victory over Villarreal last night – eventually cost Solskjaer his job.

And although numerous names have been linked, Pochettino remains the favourite to take reins at Old Trafford with rumours all is not well at PSG.

A report claimed earlier this week that the former Argentina international is believed to be ‘open to a move’ with a number of factors currently making him unhappy in Paris.

And now ESPN claims that Man Utd ‘have had an initial enquiry about the immediate availability of Mauricio Pochettino knocked back by Paris Saint-Germain’.

It is understood that Pochettino is their ‘top target’ and the Red Devils are ‘open to appointing Pochettino now if a deal can be struck but intermediaries tasked with assessing the 49-year-old’s situation at PSG have reported back that the French side are, for now, unwilling to talk’.

The report adds that Man Utd now believe the ex-Spurs boss will ‘only be available in the summer, unless the former Tottenham boss forces an exit’.

Despite that, the Ligue 1 club have ‘made contact with former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane in the event Pochettino does return to the Premier League’.

Speaking earlier in the week about Pochettino potentially taking over at Old Trafford, former Man Utd right-back Gary Neville told Sky Sports: “I think Mauricio Pochettino — although he’d never say it — would leave to come to Man United on a five-year deal tomorrow.

“He’d look at that group of players, he’d look at the club and he’d realise he’d probably be able to achieve more than he wants at Man United in terms of a project.

“At PSG you are on season by season, ‘you’ve got to win the Champions League or you’re out’ — type of model. I don’t think that suits Pochettino. I think he would absolutely come to Man United on a five-year deal, with backing behind him.”


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