Mauricio Pochettino’s future at Paris Saint-Germain has been left in doubt by speculation linking him with Manchester United.

The Mail report Pochettino is keen to leave PSG for United, and would even consider switching clubs now if an approach was made – although this does not seem likely now with the club reaching an agreement for Ralf Rangnick, The Athletic report.

Earlier this week Pochettino was asked about the speculation and told RMC Sport: “I’m happy in Paris. I know the city well both as a player and a coach, I have always lived this type of situation. Things happen and it’s not my responsibility. What I’m going to say if you ask me is that I’m happy in Paris.”

Jerome Rothen
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Pochettino’s comments did not impress everybody, with French pundit Jerome Rothen wholly unconvinced.

He noted that Pochettino’s reference to his happiness were related to the city, rather than his club situation, and his contentment with the players in his squad, feeling that the manager lacked passion in his response.

Speaking to his radio show on RMC Sport, Rothen said: “At one point, it’s good to silence the rumors and say that you’re happy to be there … He never says it! If you’re not happy, leave the place.”

Under the spotlight

Former Monaco midfielder Rothen is an outspoken pundit and has been heavily critical of Pochettino in recent weeks, before the Manchester United rumours emerged.

 

Rothen told RMC Sport: “We don’t know how he wants to play. I had no doubts when he signed, but today I have a lot of doubts in terms of communication but especially on what he wants to put on the field and his playing profile.

Discussing their 2-0 loss to Rennes in October, he remarked: “It is perhaps the lousiest game of PSG since the start of the season. And he will explain to us that it is normal, that this team is still in full progress. But there is no progression, there is regression, Mr. Pochettino.”

Pochettino has struggled to integrate Lionel Messi into his starting line-up with success, with the legendary forward scoring just one goal in six Ligue 1 matches.

Jerome Rothen
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To the manager’s credit, PSG have a comfortable lead at the top of the table and are on course to win the league.

This unfortunately is the minimum requirement for PSG, and Pochettino has a long way to go to win everybody over. Defeat to PSG in the Champions League highlights that there is work to do.

Speaking to RMC after the loss to City, Rothen added, speaking to Pochettino’s tactics: “We didn’t see anything. The Christmas tree that was set up at the beginning collapsed in five minutes.”

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