Mauricio Pochettino would be willing to quit his role as Paris Saint-Germain manager now to take the vacant Manchester United job after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking
Mauricio Pochettino is ready to turn his back on Paris Saint-Germain now to take over at Manchester United.
Pochettino arrives in Manchester today ahead of PSG’s Champions League group stage showdown with Pep Guardiola ‘s Manchester City side tomorrow night.
But all the talk ahead of the tie is centred around Pochettino’s future and whether United can prise him away from PSG to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a permanent basis.
United had planned to appoint an interim boss until the end of the season following Solskkjaer’s sacking, because they feared they would be unable to land Pochettino until next summer.
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But United have been encouraged by Pochettino’s apparent willingness to leave Paris immediately, just four months into his first full season there, and return to the Premier League.
Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Pochettino is known to be unsettled in Paris, with his family still living in London, and the 49-year-old is desperate to return to England to take charge of United.
United are understood to have spoken with Pochettino and his camp, with the Argentine the preferred choice of former Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson to take over at Old Trafford.
What could speed up Pochettino’s move to United is the potential availability of former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane to succeed him at PSG.
Zidane has been holding out for the France job, but could be open to taking over at PSG mid-season if Pochettino were to leave for Old Trafford in the coming weeks.
United would have to pay PSG compensation in the region of £10million to get Pochettino now, that figure almost halving in the summer when he would have a year left on his contract.
Although Pochettino remains United’s No.1 target, Leicester ‘s Brendan Rodgers and Ajax coach Erik ten Hag are also on their managerial shortlist.
Michael Carrick takes charge of United for Tuesday’s Champions League tie away to Villarreal and said: “I obviously know the boys very well, the staff very well and the club very well.
“This club has been my life for a long time now. I know the sacrifice and dedication you’ve got to give and I’m prepared to do this for however long it takes.”
Carrick added: “Football’s football and this is a usual day in terms of [the fact] we’ve got a big game to prepare for.
“It’s a privilege for me to now sit in this position. I understand the responsibility that comes with that, and now the focus is flipping our minds and moving forward quickly.
“It’s what this club does very well; it’s what this club’s done very well historically.”