Manchester United manager target Pochettino says he can't sleep after PSG Champions League exit

Manchester United fans are awaiting a decision from the club over who will be the next manager. At present it looks likely to be either Ajax’s Erik Ten Hag, or PSG’s Mauricio Pochettino, The Mirror reports.

United’s prospects of landing Pochettino were helped last week when his PSG side collapsed and blew a 2-0 aggregate lead to lose 3-2 to Real Madrid in the Champions League last week.

The result has made it more likely PSG will part ways with Pochettino at the end of the season – or even earlier, with  The Times reporting a swift decision could be made.

Pochettino is not taking it well. Speaking at a press conference quoted by Marca, he admitted he is not in a good frame of mind.

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‘I am to blame’

Pochettino was let down by his PSG players on the night in Madrid, but takes full responsibility himself for not handling the situation better.

The Argentine admitted: “I am screwed up. I am screwed up because if you analyse the match, I believe that here at Paris (first leg) and during 60 minutes in Madrid we were better. We deserved to lead the score with more goals, but the way we lost the tie it is something that makes you feel screwed up.

“I am sorry for the expression, but it leaves you screwed up and it is a feeling difficult to forget. I am very upset and that feeling makes very difficult to sleep by night. “

“I did not manage that moment in the best possible way, and I am the only one to blame.”

PSG won 3-0 at the weekend against Bordeaux, but with Ligue 1 now a formality, there is little excitement in Paris, while Lionel Messi failed to score again.

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The team’s collapse against Real Madrid could have a double-whammy of costing Pochettino the Manchester United job too, although United will insist any decision won’t be influenced by a single result.

The uncertainty over his own future won’t be helping Pochettino sleep, that’s for sure, with Erik Ten Hag hotly tipped for the Old Trafford job, and favoured by many fans.

And if he thinks PSG is stressful, Manchester United won’t provide any respite either.

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