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Mauricio Pochettino being considered as Man Utd assess new manager options

Graeme Bailey
Man Utd still like Mauricio Pochettino...
Man Utd still like Mauricio Pochettino... / Michael Regan/GettyImages
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Mauricio Pochettino remains hugely popular with a number of Manchester United officials and is one option being considered by the club as a potential replacement for current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Pochettino is currently manager of Paris Saint-Germain, and under contract with the French giants until 2023, but there has always been a feeling among those at United that he would one day be destined to take charge.

He is known to have a friendship with Sir Alex Ferguson, who remains a figure with a strong voice at the club, but Pochettino is liked by a number of others too and should not be discounted at this stage if United are to part ways with Solskjaer. The current manager's position has come under monumental pressure in recent days following the embarrassing 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool.

United have given Solskjaer more time, for now, to put their season right, but the hunt for a replacement has already begun.

Solskjaer's future was discussed at the highest level within the club on Monday, but the Glazer family decided that the immediate aftermath of the defeat to Jurgen Klopp's side was not the right moment to make a change.

Difficult fixtures with Spurs, Atalanta and Manchester City are on the horizon before the international break however, and another poor result and performance could force the club into ending Solskjaer's tenure.

Sources close to the club have revealed that the Glazers and the club's hierarchy have been left 'shocked' by the current situation, given the summer transfer window saw them bring in three huge talents in the shape of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and returning hero Cristiano Ronaldo - adding the trio to a squad which finished second in the league last season.

It was not anticipated that after handing Solskjaer a new long-term contract in the summer that they would even have to consider a new boss at this stage, but it is now the case nevertheless.

90min revealed earlier this week that former Inter chief Antonio Conte and ex-Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane are both being looked at - which is no surprise given they are the two most high-profile bosses in world football currently out of work.

However, while both would no doubt have the stature to take on the United job, 90min understands there is a vociferous minority within Old Trafford who are not convinced that either would be the right candidate to replace the Norwegian.

Ajax's Erik ten Hag and Leicester's Brendan Rodgers - who was Manchester City's number one choice to replace Pep Guardiola if he had walked away last summer - have been mentioned, but there have been no approaches beyond enquiries from agents.

Pochettino is another option and has been strongly linked to United in the recent past - and talks were taking place between representatives on both sides when the club contemplated axing Solskjaer in 2020.

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