Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly willing to join Manchester United, but only if they prove to him that he’s their No.1 choice. The former Spurs boss has been linked with Old Trafford for the last two years and was in consideration before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was handed the permanent reins, and was again looked at before the club opeted to appoint Ralf Rangnick on a temporary basis.
Pochettino is currently in charge of Paris Saint-Germain, but with his future already in doubt, his side’s collapse in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against Real Madrid has further ramped up the pressure.
That’s increased speculation the Argentinian could return to the Premier League, with reports in recent weeks suggesting he and Ajax boss Erik ten Hag are top of United’s shortlist.
But the Daily Mail claims Pochettino wants to feel he’s the number one candidate before agreeing to a move.
Well… we’ve got news for you Poch, you’re not.
At least that’s what Football Insider are claiming, as they revealed this morning that United will look to take advantage of the uncertainty at Chelsea to lure Thomas Tuchel from Stamford Bridge.
The future of Chelsea Football Club has been thrown into doubt after the UK government imposed sanctions on Roman Abramovich on Thursday in the wake of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
As it stands, Chelsea are not allowed to sell tickets or merchandise, have limits on the money they can spend on travel and matchdays, and are unable to negotiate new contracts.
A source said the Red Devils are set to “go all out” for the German manager in the summer and claims the United hierarchy view him as “by far the best candidate” due to his ‘pedigree, Premier League experience and proven ability at winning the biggest trophies’.
United football director John Murtough said last week that a “thorough proces” to appoint a new permanent manager is ongoing
“We know that consistency is key as we strive for a top-four finish this season,” Murtough said.
“I want to reiterate however that this is not the ultimate objective for Manchester United, and everyone at the club is focused on challenging for the top trophies.
“We are now conducting a thorough process for the appointment of a new permanent manager who will take charge this summer, with the objective to get us back to challenging for those domestic and European titles.”