Man Utd ‘return to Pochettino’s ears’ amid imminent PSG ‘divorce’

Joe Williams
Man Utd-linked Mauricio Pochettino looks frustrated

Mauricio Pochettino is set to leave Paris Saint-Germain in the summer with a move to Man Utd back on the cards, according to reports in France.

The former Tottenham boss has been linked with the manager’s job at Old Trafford over the last few years but his appointment has never materialised.

When Jose Mourinho was sacked in December 2018 the rumours were at an all-time high but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer impressed so much as interim boss that the Man Utd hierarchy gave the Norwegian the job.

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Pochettino’s name cropped up during a number of shaky periods under Solskjaer but the Argentinian was unavailable when they eventually sacked their former striker earlier this season.

He has won 44 of his 66 matches in charge of PSG since taking over from Thomas Tuchel in January last year but he is now reportedly heading for a summer exit.

French newspaper La Parisien claims that Pochettino and PSG are heading ‘towards a divorce’ in the summer despite the possibility of still winning Ligue 1 and the Champions League this season.

But it is understood that Pochettino is ‘no longer the man’ the PSG board want to take their ‘project’ forward and ‘looked for a successor to him’ in January.

That has apparently put Man Utd on red alert over a potential summer appointment with L’Equipe (via Sport Witnesss) chipping in by insisting that ‘Manchester United’s interest has returned to his ears’.

‘No revolution is expected’ before they face Real Madrid in the Champions League this month but that Pochettino has ‘confided privately to his those close to him: he has few illusions about the continuation of his adventure in Paris’ past the summer.

Meanwhile, former Man Utd midfielder Paddy Crerand – who also played for Celtic – has told Amad Diallo to embrace the Old Firm derby during his loan spell at Rangers.

“It’s a great opportunity for him, this,” Crerand told the club’s official website. “The pressure of a Celtic v Rangers match is incredible. There is nothing like it anywhere.

“You don’t know what it means unless you’re living in Glasgow. It’s bigger than Man City v Man United and maybe even Liverpool and Manchester United.

“The hatred between the fans isn’t nice. It’s got a nastiness to it sometimes, but as a player, it’s great to play in those games. The atmosphere in the stadium is just fantastic.

“If the ground could fit 100,000 people, 100,000 would be there. The clamour for tickets is incredible.

“I watched Amad’s first game at the weekend as it was on television and he certainly started off well. He’ll soon understand what this game means to the people of Glasgow and being part of that experience will be a great lesson.

“The whole move should be a good one for him as he’ll experience the pressure of a title race.”