Mauricio Pochettino no longer Man Utd's first-choice manager

Pochettino replaced as Man Utd’s top choice to replace Ralf Rangnick
Pochettino replaced as Man Utd’s top choice to replace Ralf Rangnick / Eurasia Sport Images/GettyImages

Mauricio Pochettino has been replaced as Manchester United's number one managerial target to replace Ralf Rangnick in the summer.

Pochettino was reportedly United's main target to take over at the end of the campaign from Rangnick, who was appointed as interim boss after the club let go of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

However, according to The Times, the Paris Saint-Germain boss is out of the race, with Ajax boss, Erik ten Hag replacing him as the Red Devils' number one choice.

The 51-year-old has led Ajax to league titles and led his side to a semi-final spot in the 2018/19 Champions League season. Speaking in December, the Dutchman hinted that he would be open to a new challenge in the future.

He told de Volkskrant: "I think I'm ready for it. I would be happy to take on that challenge.​

"But I'm not chasing it. If it turns out that that step will never come, I will not say that my coaching career has failed. But I think I have enough competences to take on that challenge."

However, former United man Gery Neville believes United appoint Pochettino. Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville said: "I would like [Mauricio] Pochettino to be the next manager.

"I think that he has got experience of the league, he would play the right type of football. It feels like the moment for him to step up. He's got to the Champions League final and is now managing big stars, some big characters and personalities. That will help him and I've always liked him. I have always loved the way that he has operated.

"He fits the club and he works well with young players. He gets the best out of players. He's a good coach. He also works people the right way. For me it would be him, but he's got his job at Paris Saint-Germain and, if he does well there, they won't let him go."