Manchester United officials hope Mauricio Pochettino will leave PSG for a Premier League return.
Manchester United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday. The club start their search for a new manager, while assistant Michael Carrick takes over as interim coach.
The Red Devils are reportedly considering several choices for the job. However, Man United legend Gary Neville believes the club have already chosen their number one candidate for the job.
What has been said?
In an interview with Sky Sports, Neville claimed Manchester United are targeting Mauricio Pochettino as their top candidate to replace Solskjaer.
“I think Mauricio Pochettino – although he’d never say it – would leave to come to Man Utd on a five-year deal tomorrow,” Neville said.
“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 Utd 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.”
Who else is on the list?
A report from Mirror backed Neville’s prediction a few hours later. Brendan Rodgers, Zinedine Zidane and Erik Ten Hag are reportedly on the Red Devils’ shortlist to replace Solskjaer permanently. However, the English outlet claims Man United consider Pochettino as their first choice to take over the club next summer.
Pochettino is currently working at PSG, but he is reportedly keen to return to the Premier League. If Man United decide to appoint the Argentine immediately, they will have to negotiate with PSG over a compensation package.
What is next for Man United?
It is unlikely that Man United will sign a new manager before their Champions League battle against Villarreal on Tuesday. The Red Devils will then prepare for a crucial Premier League match against Chelsea four days later.