Poch and Zidane will avoid Man Utd ‘headache’, says Henry

Date published: Thursday 25th November 2021 11:01 - Will Ford

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Thierry Henry doesn’t think either Zinedine Zidane or Mauricio Pochettino will be the next Manchester United manager.

United are searching for a new permanent boss after the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with both Zidane and Pochettino linked with the vacancy.

Pochettino is said to have been formally approached by United this week, and although the move was rebuffed by Paris Saint-Germain, the Argentine is rumoured to be unhappy with the French giants.

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Reports claim the ball is now in Pochettino’s court, with the former Spurs boss needing to speak to his current employers and state his desire to leave, if indeed he wants to.

But Arsenal legend Henry, speaking on CBS Sports, claims Pochettino will want to “see it out” at PSG, and believes he would be moving from one “headache” to another were he to swap Paris for Manchester.

“I don’t know if they [Man Utd] can get him [Pochettino],” Henry said.

“When you are the coach of a team like Paris Saint-Germain you would like to see it out.

“But then also if you go to Man United you’re almost going into another type of headache to try to find a way to balance it out, because that is what he’s trying to do right now with Paris Saint-Germain.

“Yes they are winning but the game is not fluid as people would expect it to be.

“I don’t think that he will go, personally.”

Henry also explained why former international teammate Zidane is not interested in the United job.

He added: “Zidane going to United? I don’t think he would be interested in that now.

“Why? Because in the back of my head I’m thinking that maybe he’s waiting for the national team job.

“I think he has that in the back of his mind.

“So I see it more, although I don’t think Pochettino will leave, but if Pochettino goes then the PSG job will be free for Zidane.”

Without a clear timeframe on when Pochettino, or another top permanent target, would be available, United are looking to appoint an interim boss until the end of the season, with six candidates in the frame.


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