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Manchester United linked with a move for Mauricio Pochettino

 Bayern Munich have pulled out the race to land Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino is still wanted at Old Trafford. [Image: Getty]

Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has emerged as a target for Manchester United who are believed to be in the search of a manager to take over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to the Sun.

The report claims United will lock horns with Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, who have also shown interested in the former Spurs boss.

It is understood both Premier League clubs were handed a boost as reports in Germany claim Bayern favours a move for Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel leaving both clubs to struggle it out for the 47-year-old manager.

Christian Falk – head of football at German paper Bild – tweeted: “Exclusive: Mauricio Pochettino will not become coach of FC Bayern. The Argentinian is not one of the candidates for the bosses.”

Speculation over Solskjaer’s future comes following Pochettino, Unai Emery and Quique Sanchez Flores’ departures from their Premier League positions.

Solskjaer, though, has insisted he is not feeling under the cosh despite the recent spate of sackings.

“No, it doesn’t make me more concerned,” said Solskjaer. “I’m not going to tell anyone how to run their football clubs but I think everyone knows continuity is one of the keys of success.

“Some clubs have more patience than others, some clubs don’t have that time and continuity. For me, with Man United, we have a plan in place and hopefully we can get the results to speed it up.

“Sometimes it doesn’t go at the speed you want to but it’s still going in the right direction. I’m just focusing on my job and that’s doing as well as I can, look forward to the next game, look long term plan things with board.

“I know our supporters and they’ve been very positive and that’s all I can go on. But results are key for us. We’ve got a great chance now, the next three days to turn people’s perceptions.”

The only setback is that Pochettino will need to pay Spurs a whopping £12.5m if he takes another Premier League job this season.

Chairman Daniel Levy included the clause in his sacking to try and deter rival clubs from appointing him as manager.

He said: “I am open to listen to the projects that are presented to me. My intention is to redirect in Europe.

“At my age one does not need much time to recover. There are a lot of clubs and attractive projects for me to take on.”

If Bayern fail to land Tuchel, ex-Chelsea gaffer Carlo Ancelotti is rumoured to be another contender for the role.


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