Mauricio Pochettino does not think his chance to manage Manchester United has passed

Mauricio Pochettino has been asked about the prospect of managing Manchester United.

It seemed like the choice for United came down to Erik ten Hag or Pochettino and Red Devils Treble winner Nicky Butt said he wanted the Argentine to get the nod.

Ten Hag of course was the man appointed and he has done a good job so far, managing the Cristiano Ronaldo situation expertly.

In an interview with Marca, Pochettino was asked whether he thinks his chance to manage United – or Real Madrid for that matter – has now passed.

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Pochettino on managing United

He replied: “Football is about timing.

“There are moments that have to coincide for that marriage to happen. Sometimes it’s just a matter of timing. I don’t believe in trains (chances) passing only once.

“I believe that sometimes you have to have the necessary patience and you have to know how to wait. It is true that my name has always been linked to big clubs.

“I have a lot of respect for the professionals and it’s hard for me to sell myself, that’s a job for you.”

Gary Neville was another Treble winner who wanted Pochettino, who has previous Premier League experience that Ten Hag did not have.

But Ten Hag was the man on an upward trajectory before United, while Pochettino struggled near the end at Tottenham and had been sacked by PSG.

That decision is paying off now for United, while Pochettino waits for his next job and has said he is open to managing England if that vacancy opens up after the World Cup.

Perhaps Pochettino will be the man for United in the future, but he has seemingly had two brushes with the job now and not got it, while the fans are focused on and excited by the Ten Hag revolution.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.