Manchester United have lined up Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino as their number one choice to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after he was sacked on Sunday
Mauricio Pochettino has told his close friends that he has his heart set on the Manchester United job.
United are planning to appoint an interim boss until the end of the season then look to make a permanent appointment in the summer.
At that point, the 49-year-old will have one full season left on his contract at PSG which means compensation to free him from his current role would be more manageable.
And it’s a move the former Tottenham boss would be more than keen on.
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Pochettino has told close friends he is desperate to return to the Premier League and the United job, in particular, is the one he is said to have set his heart on.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been a long-time admirer of Pochettino having previously tried to lure him to Old Trafford and it seems United will try to land the Argentine once again.
Gary Neville reckons Pochettino would jump at the chance to join Man United.
He said on Sky Sports: “I think Mauricio Pochettino – although he’d never say it – he’d leave to come to Man United on a five-year deal tomorrow.
“He’d look at that group of players, he’d look at the club and he’d realise he’d probably be able to achieve more than he wants at Man United in terms of a project.
“At PSG you are on season by season. ‘You’ve got to win the Champions League or you’re out’ type of model. I don’t think that suits Pochettino.
“I think he would absolutely come to Man Utd on a five-year deal, with backing behind him. How he’d fit in with the current coaches who are still there and left, I’m not sure.
” Manchester United have to make sure they get the next one right. Even if that means being patient for six months to wait for managers to become available at the end of the season.”