Mauricio Pochettino would now like to start as manager of Manchester United and quit PSG

Mauricio Pochettino is still open to managing Manchester United and is ready to join the club mid-season.

The Manchester Evening News understands that Pochettino is prepared to leave PSG and join United now rather than wait until the summer.

Paris Saint-Germain coach Pochettino has long-held ambitions to manage United and was the club’s first choice to succeed Jose Mourinho in 2018, but Solskjaer convinced United’s board to make his caretaker position permanent with 14 wins from his first 19 games.

Pochettino remained eager to take over at United following his sacking by Tottenham in November 2019 and the club did Pochettino at the start of last season after Tottenham’s 6-1 thrashing. United, however, opposed Solskjaer’s sacking and Pochettino eventually accepted PSG’s offer to replace Thomas Tuchel last December.

Sources have said Pochettino, 49, is partly unsettled at PSG as it was not the job he envisioned when he left Tottenham two years ago. Pochettino was willing to replace Unai Emery at Arsenal, such was his wish to stay in England.

The figures at Tottenham were so primed for Pochettino’s possible appointment at United last season that preliminary plans were made to offer them Dele Alli, a player Pochettino has compared to Ronaldinho.

Former Southampton and Espanyol coach Pochettino was out of work for 13 months between his sacking by Spurs and his arrival at PSG, which earlier this year extended his contract until 2023.

PSG are on their way to the Ligue 1 title and are already 11 points clear of the top, but their performances have rarely been convincing and Lionel Messi has been disappointed. Kylian Mbappe expires this summer.

United have already indicated their intention to hire an interim manager for the remainder of the season rather than paying club compensation for a manager mid-season.

United held preliminary talks over Brendan Rodgers during the last month Solskjaer was in charge, but Leicester took 15 points from their 12 Premier League appearances this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes exerted constant pressure on Solskjaer during his last weeks at United and has recommended Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui. United distorted reports linking Zinedine Zidane to the manager’s position before Solskjaer was fired.

Sir Alex Ferguson will have no input in United’s decision-making process, but backed Pochettino as a possible successor to Louis van Gaal in 2016 in a vain attempt to avoid Mourinho’s nomination.

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