Mauricio Pochettino is still open to returning to the Premier League after leaving current club Paris Saint-Germain.
The 49-year-old has a full season left on his contract in the French capital but has long been linked to a return to England, namely with former clubs Tottenham and Manchester United.
A return to north London is now underway after Antonio Conte’s appointment as Spurs’ new head coach, but there is every possibility that Pochettino could be in contention to take over at United in the future.
Current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still under enormous pressure after humiliating defeats against Liverpool and Manchester City in recent weeks and his immediate future at the club is uncertain – United’s hierarchy has received feedback from a number of seniors as they decide whether or not to need to make a change.
Pochettino is seen by many United fans as the perfect successor to Solskjaer and the Telegraph states that he would consider returning to England, where his share is still high after a successful five and a half years at Spurs. He was also revered for his 18 months in Southampton earlier.
The problem is that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to appoint him now.
Not only would substantial compensation have to be paid to PSG, Pochettino would also have to be lured away from an almost certain Ligue 1 title win, as well as the chance to lead Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar to Champions League glory.
Title success is something that has eluded Pochettino during his coaching career so far and it is unlikely that he would get started in the middle of a season to take over at United. After all, he is young enough for the position to come back in the future if Solskjaer gets the boot.
The only other scenario that could see Pochettino land in Manchester earlier than the end of his contract is if the bizarre pressure he has been under leads to a surprise farewell.
PSG are 10 points away at the top of Ligue 1 but his reluctance to build everything around Messi has caused dismay among the club’s supporters and, allegedly, board members. The Argentine himself has also looked desperate when he has been replaced by Pochettino, something that has never really happened to him before if he has not struggled with an injury.
Pochettino has defended his decisions and the team has continued to be successful on the pitch – whether he remains in Paris until the summer of 2023 or not is another story.
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