The very credible Simon Stone of the BBC reports that Mauricio Pochettino is open to Manchester United’s offer and that a move is also possible before the end of the season.
The Argentine is highly regarded at Manchester United, but so far there has been little faith in bringing him off PSG mid-season. The immediate availability of the Ligue 1 leader’s manager could change the plan of the club from Old Trafford, who seemed to be looking for a rather temporary coach.
Mauricio Pochettino is open to the @ManUtd job. Issues at PSG. https://t.co/HXJcNkkJvu
– Simon Stone (@ sistoney67) November 22, 2021
Twenty-time England champions have yet to make an offer to Mauricio Pochettino, but the 49-year-old is not entirely happy with the PSG structure. His role is limited to coaching the first team, and all wider competences belong to sports director Leonardo.
Pochettino prefers to exercise more control as he did at Tottenham and is also very eager to return to the Premier League. He has never concealed that he will want to return to England, and while he himself lives in a hotel in Paris, his family is in London. However, this is not a very important factor, as the capital is just as easy to get from Paris and from Manchester.
The former Southampton coach has been leading Paris Saint Germain for 10 months and his team this season, after 14 games, are 11 points ahead of second place. In the Champions League, PSG is a point behind Manchester City and is second in the group. These teams will face a direct match on Tuesday, which will bring Mauricio Pochettino to Manchester.
The Argentine is partly dissatisfied with the “culture” surrounding the Paris club. His team is full of stars such as Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, but lacks the balance. For example, he has a surplus of flankers and seems to be reluctant to bring in Gianluigi Donnarumma. Such recruitment decisions are outside Pochettino’s remit as he only plays the role of Leonardo’s adviser when it comes to transfers.
The former Tottenham coach missed a successful first season at the Parc des Princes, facing criticism for failing to win a major trophy in his career. A few days after taking over the team in Warsaw, he won the French Super Cup, and in May he won the French Cup. In the league, however, he did not manage to improve his team’s position enough to win the championship and PSG ended the game as a runner-up, losing one point to Lille. In the Champions League, the then French champion reached the semi-finals, in which he lost to Manchester City.
Pochettino is not convinced to push for a mid-season change, but the move to Old Trafford could be a win-win. The Qatar owners of PSG admire the workshop of Zinedine Zidane, who is currently unemployed.
It is worth noting that the reports of the BBC journalist are also confirmed by alternative sources such as “Manchester Evening News”, “Daily Mail” and “The Independent”.
Brief but vital update to earlier story: Pochettino wants to join #mufc now https://t.co/AxJmTf0p64
– Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) November 22, 2021
Mauricio Pochettino is ready to answer #mufc‘s call if they want him to replace Solskjær. It’s understood that Pochettino is prepared to leave PSG now because he is unhappy in Paris #mulive [@ChrisWheelerDM, @SamiMokbel81_DM]
– utdreport (@utdreport) November 21, 2021
Mauricio Pochettino ready to take Manchester United job before summer
– Indy Football (@IndyFootball) November 22, 2021
Other candidates the Old Trafford club are considering include Erik ten Hag, reluctant to move out mid-season, and Brendan Rodgers, who has some admirers on the board. In the context of the temporary manager, the name of Laurent Blanc appeared in the press, as well as Steve Bruce, who was to report his readiness for the job.