Mauricio Pochettino is in the middle of a ‘stand-off’ between Man Utd and Paris Saint-Germain ahead of the summer, according to reports.
The former Tottenham boss and Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag are the two favourites to become the new permanent manager at Old Trafford.
Ralf Rangnick, who joined Man Utd earlier in the season as interim boss, will step down at the end of the campaign to move into a consultancy role at the Premier League club.
The Red Devils have failed to come close to winning the Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 and the club’s hierarchy are determined to get their next appointment right.
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Luis Enrique and Julen Lopetegui have also been mentioned as potential choices, while Ten Hag has reportedly impressed in his first formal interview.
Pochettino has been on United’s radar for a long time and the former Argentina international is being considered once again for the managerial role at Old Trafford.
But ESPN claim that Pochettino ‘could be forced to wait until the end of the season to learn his fate as Paris Saint-Germain coach’, which risks his chances of landing the job at Man Utd.
Following the French club’s exit from the Champions League it was understood that a parting of ways at the end of the season was likely, despite their march towards the Ligue 1 title.
Apparently interest from the Red Devils has ‘complicated the Argentine’s situation’ with PSG looking for Man Utd to pay a ‘sizeable compensation fee for his services than allow him to move to Old Trafford for nothing if his contract in Paris is terminated first’.
The Man Utd owners are ‘reluctant to spend a substantial sum on a compensation package’ with Pochettino now at ‘the centre of a stand-off’ between Man Utd and PSG.
Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand has denied rumours that he could become assistant manager at Old Trafford but he would be more than pleased to ‘crack the whip’ if asked to go back to United in the future.
“Whoever has told you that, you need to go back to your source and say ‘listen man’. But if I did go in there – woo – the whip would be getting cracked!” Ferdinand said on his Vibe with Five YouTube channel.
“Crack that whip. But no, no I’m not, man. I’m not going in there.”