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Manchester United begins post-Solskjaer era with growing belief in Mauricio Pochettino’s chances

United plan to appoint an interim coach until the end of the season to give them time to identify their next permanent manager.

But the potential to bring in Pochettino now could change those plans.

The former Tottenham manager is expected to travel to England for PSG’s clash with Manchester City on Wednesday. And the debate over his future is already eclipsing this match at the Etihad, with the Argentine among the favorites to succeed Solskjaer.

He and United are aware of the mutual interest and the Old Trafford hierarchy have been alerted to the potential to recruit a top manager sooner than they thought possible.

Pochettino is said to be dissatisfied with elements of his role at PSG and has long fueled the desire to take over at United. He also has the support of influential figures at Old Trafford, including Sir Alex Ferguson, who is a great admirer.

But United were keen to take the time to identify the right person, which is why they decided to look for a temp.

Pochettino isn’t the only name under consideration, with Ajax’s Erik ten Hag, Brendan Rodgers, Zinedine Zidane and Ralf Rangnick also admired.

Mauricio Pochettino is the main candidate to take over the reins of Manchester United

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But they are aware that Pochettino would be a popular choice among fans, and his record in developing young players is particularly attractive.

Meanwhile, Carrick admits he doesn’t know anything about the club’s plans for the future or how long it will take him to take charge.

He said: “Whether it’s one game or two games, whether it’s a little longer than that, at the moment I’m not too sure. It is not something that concerns me. It’s a big game for us in terms of the group stage and trying to pass.

“It’s a fantastic game to play. These are the nights you get tested and the nights you find out what you have. It’s about what’s happening now, getting the right results, how we perform on the ground, how we do business, how we behave.

“There is a whole responsibility that comes from playing for this club that doesn’t come to a lot of other clubs, and it’s a challenge that we respect and accept. is what we expect from the players.


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