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Mauricio Pochettino: PSG head coach interested in taking Man Utd job

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Mauricio Pochettino is contracted to Paris Saint-Germain until 2023 but is interested in the vacant manager’s job at Manchester United; the Old Trafford club are exploring their options as they seek a replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Pochettino is Manchester United’s first choice to take over permanently from Solskjaer, who was sacked on Sunday, and Sky Sports News has been told the former Tottenham boss would be interested in the managerial position at Old Trafford.

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However, Pochettino’s immediate focus is on PSG’s next match against Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Pochettino, who took over at PSG on an initial 18-month deal in January, is contracted to the Ligue 1 club until the summer of 2023 after the option of an extra year was activated.

Sky Sports pundit and former United defender Gary Neville is confident Pochettino would leave PSG for Old Trafford if given the opportunity.

“I think Mauricio Pochettino – although he’d never say it – would leave to come to Man Utd on a five-year deal tomorrow,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“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 Manchester United in terms of a project.

“I don’t think that suits Pochettino. I think he would absolutely come to Manchester United on a five-year deal, with backing behind him.”

Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag is understood to be United’s second choice for the role of Solskjaer’s long-term successor.

Sky Sports News has been told Ten Hag would “100 per cent be interested” in the role. Like Pochettino, Ten Hag will also have one year remaining on his contract next summer.

Manchester United have already announced their intention to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season, with Solskjaer’s former assistant Michael Carrick placed in temporary charge of the side.

United next face Villarreal in a crucial Champions League match on Tuesday before returning to domestic action away at Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

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