Mauricio Pochettino ‘open’ to Man Utd switch after fallout over Lionel Messi transfer

Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly fallen out with the club’s hierarchy and sporting director Leonardo after the summer arrival of Lionel Messi, opening the door for Manchester United

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Mauricio Pochettino has fallen out with the hierarchy at Paris Saint-Germain including over the high-profile summer transfer of Lionel Messi from Barcelona this summer.

Pochettino remains the favourite for the Manchester United job, as revealed last week, with the Old Trafford hierarchy confident of landing their man.

That revelation was later fleshed out by Mirror Football reporting that the Argentine was the preferred candidate among the players in United’s dressing room.

The Argentine is open to leaving the French capital at the end of the campaign amid the admiration from United – with a summer appointment at Old Trafford increasingly feasible.

Despite being 16 points clear at the top of Ligue 1, all is not well in the French capital and PSG’s ultras voiced their unhappiness with performances in Friday night’s match.

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Mauricio Pochettino has grown increasingly frustrated during his time at PSG



Pochettino is said to be at odds with the PSG hierarchy – most notably sporting director Leonardo – and was unhappy when the club did not comply with his demands in the summer transfer market.

The boss instructed the club at the end of last season to slim down his bloated playing squad but instead, PSG only facilitated one permanent exit – Mitchel Bakker – while overseeing a series of star arrivals.

The signings of Messi, Sergio Ramos and Gianluigi Donnarumma are all said to have been against Pochettino’s wishes, while Georginio Wijnaldum, Nuno Mendes and Achraf Hakimi also arrived in a busy summer.

Pochettino is said to feel undermined by the club and the working relationship is broken, with fresh details reported by Goal – including that he is now considering leaving at the end of the campaign.

That would free-up the Argentine to be appointed at Old Trafford and succeed interim coach Ralf Rangnick, who is set to move upstairs at United at the end of the current campaign in a two-year consultancy role.

Well-known Canal+ analyst Pierre Menes this weekend voiced his concern on how the PSG boss has handled the positioning of the superstar attacker in the clash against Rennes.

Messi and Pochettino have appeared to share a frosty relationship during their time together at PSG

Menes has claimed: “I thought that Pochettino understood after the match against Lille that Messi was better in a more advanced position. But no, not at all.

“He made him play again in a leading position, sometimes on the right, sometimes on the left, sometimes in the middle…essentially, in a position where he clearly no longer has the physicality to dominate the game.

“At his age and with his talent in front of goal, he would be much more useful to PSG.

“But hey, I’m not the PSG coach.”

PSG host Real Madrid in the first leg of their potentially season-defining Champions League Round of 16 clash on Tuesday before travelling to the Spanish capital for the return leg on 9 March.

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