Ralf Rangnick is currently leading Manchester United as best he can, with an unbalanced squad and no investment this month.
Due to its interim role, United is on hold until the summer, with the club’s main role being to hire a new coach after the season ends.
We are working on this behind the scenes. One of the main candidates for the job is PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The French newspaper Le Parisien reported this week that Manchester United has been in regular contact with Pochettino since November.
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Pochettino was heavily linked to the United job at the time, but it would have been complicated to leave PSG on his own initiative in the middle of the season and it would also have meant giving up an inevitable first Ligue 1 title, with his team at the top was clear.
If he goes to take the United job, as the MEN have claimed, that move will take place in the summer.
It makes sense for United to keep in touch, to check that he hasn’t changed his mind and also to let him know about the club’s own perspective. If United were fully involved at Pochettino, the talks could go even further, regarding possible transfer strategies.
PSG have named Zinedine Zidane as their potential successor and the timing fits in with the 1998 World Cup winners expressing a desire to be without football for a full year after leaving Real Madrid.
Ralf Rangnick is United’s interim boss until the end of the season and will serve as a club advisor for the next two years. It’s unclear who United’s had been in contact with Pochettino, but it probably wasn’t Rangnick.
Ten Hag another top candidate
While United maintains contact with Pochettino, the job is not a one-horse race. Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag was named United’s first choice by the Times just last week.
Ten Hag’s intentions remain more mysterious as to whether he even wants to leave Ajax and whether he thinks United is well suited.
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It is unclear whether United had any contact with Ten Hag as they allegedly did with Mauricio Pochettino. although you might think that United came out privately to show interest.
United will also have options beyond just two managers. By next summer the club will have months to prepare and there should be a fairly extensive shortlist, even if there is a clear first and second choice.
It is crucial that United make the right decision and both Pochettino and Ten Hag are strong options. The Ajax man is a more exciting appointment, but Pochettino’s former Premier League experience has to count for a lot too.
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