Talks between Mauricio Pochettino and Manchester United begin and PSG can let him go NOW

Manchester United have made Mauricio Pochettino their favorite candidate to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Zinedine Zidane missed the chance to lead the English Premier League club.

record sport Understands that Old Trafford’s hierarchy has been encouraged by the speed with which Pochettino has expressed his intention to leave Paris Saint-Germain, less than four months after his first full season as Qatar club coach, and has begun talks about the buyout of the 49-year contract.

Pochettino – who also tried to leave PSG for Tottenham Hotspur in the summer – had been unhappy in Paris for some time and let his willingness to join United be informed to multiple journalists in the immediate aftermath of Solskjaer’s sacking on Saturday. A major factor in the Argentine’s dismay have been the difficulties he faced in managing PSG’s ego-driven dressing room.

While the former Tottenham, Southampton and Espanyol coach is popular among PSG players, a number of key players have been unimpressed by Pochettino’s tactical acumen and decision-making. Reservations about his coaching abilities are also held by his Qatari employers.

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Although Qatar ordered PSG to block Pochettino’s return to Tottenham after the end of the season, and apply a unilateral clause to extend his contract until 2021, the emirate may be open this month to accepting multimillion-euro compensation from United. Such a move would require the approval of the Emir of Qatar and depend on PSG assuring superior replacement services.

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One candidate to replace Pochettino is Zidane, who closed a round of talks over Solskjaer’s successor at United by turning down the opportunity this weekend. As reported by record sport last week Zidane’s wife was against the idea of ​​moving to Manchester, and the former Real Madrid coach would rather wait for the job with the French national team to become vacant.

In addition to Pochettino, United’s shortlist includes Erik ten Hag, Julen Lopetegui and Brendan Rodgers. Ten Hag has made it clear both publicly and privately that he will not leave Ajax midway through the season, and Lopetegui would cost €5 million to get out of his contract with Sevilla.

Rodgers, whose talented Leicester City side fell to 12th in the Premier League after a comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday, is waiting for further talks with United. Leicester came out significantly better from recent financial negotiations with Old Trafford managers over Harry Maguire’s record transfer.

Michael Carrick, one of Solskjaer’s extensive team of assistants, will lead United to the main Champions League group stage match with Villarreal on Tuesday and, according to a club statement, will “take charge of the team for the coming games, as the club strives for an interim manager until the end of the season”.

While United would prefer to secure a coach of Pochettino’s position as soon as possible, record sport understands that there is a belief that if necessary, Carrick can successfully operate as a janitor until the summer.

Former AS Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk coach Paulo Fonseca will be considered for the role of interim manager if needed.

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