Manchester United might use the upcoming winter break in France as an opportunity to prise Mauricio Pochettino away from Paris Saint Germain, according to reports.
The former Tottenham manager is interested in replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was sacked as Manchester United manager on Sunday, following the club’s latest chastening 4-1 defeat, which came at newly-promoted Watford.
The Parisian giants do not want to lose their manager mid season and with Michael Carrick in caretaker charge at Manchester United until a permanent manager is appointed, a move for Pochettino may have to wait until the summer.
However, with the Ligue 1 season due to pause between December 22 and January 7, the Evening Standard has claimed that United may use the two-week break to target the Argentine, which would allow the French giants to find a replacement, which could be Zinedine Zidane.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was relieved of his PSG duties in last year’s winter break and if Zidane shows an appetite to replace Pochettino, a move which benefits all parties could be found.
Carrick in charge over festive period
If Ed Woodward and the club are looking to utilise the French winter break as an opportunity to engineer a move for Pochettino, it would likely mean that Carrick remains in interim charge for over a month at least.
If a deal with PSG for Pochettino isn’t agreed before 7th January, the former United midfielder will have taken charge of 11 games by that time.
Carrick is taking the reins at the busiest time of the season, with no international breaks now until March, the games will come thick and fast in the build up to the frantic festive period.
The 40-year-old will be hoping to get the club back on track after losing four of our last five Premier League games.
We’re currently six points off the Champions League places and with work to do to assure qualification for the Champions League knockout stages.
On the other hand, Pochettino is managing Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, in a side that is 11 points clear at the top of Ligue 1.
If he leaves mid season, Pochettino will be throwing away a chance of lifting his first league trophy during his managerial career and a chance of Champions League success with his star-studded Parisians.
But with Pochettino’s wife and youngest son still live in London and him expected to return to the UK over Christmas, the lure of coming back to England and managing the biggest club in England, may prove too irresistible to resist.
The 49-year-old was linked with the United job after Jose Mourinho was sacked, but it was Solskjaer who got the opportunity that time around.
With a desire to come back to England, maybe this is the time for Manchester United to finally appoint Pochettino, who is reportedly being endorsed for the role by Sir Alex Ferguson.
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