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Man Utd has rejected the Pochettino approach

Manchester United have suffered a potentially severe blow in their search for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s successor.

What’s the matter?

Current Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino has emerged as the top candidate to replace the Norwegian in the Old Trafford dugout, but it will be a difficult task to get him out of Ligue 1 leaders.

According to ESPN’s Rob Dawson, sources state that United rejected their initial approaches from the PSG hierarchy despite remaining their number one target.

The report said: “Manchester United has received an initial request for the immediate availability of Mauricio Pochettino, who was beaten back by Paris Saint-Germain, sources told ESPN.

“United made Pochettino their top target as their next permanent manager after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday.

“The club are open to Pochettino’s appointment now, if an agreement can be reached, but intermediaries tasked with assessing the 49-year-old’s situation at PSG have reported that the French side are not ready for the time being speak.”

Man Utd fans will be furious

News that initial efforts to secure Pochettino’s services have failed will enrag large swathes of United supporters at his outstanding credentials.

Should United take a different approach?

Yes, in any case!

Yes, in any case!

Under no circumstance!

Under no circumstance!

The Argentine tactician transformed Tottenham Hotspur from multi-year underachievers to Champions League regulars and even led them to a European Cup final during his five and a half year tenure in north London. That was before he took his first silver piece from a French cup win last season after moving to France.

However, the 49-year-old is believed to be unhappy in Paris right now. Dawson’s latest revelation says Pochettino would be interested in United’s vacancy but is under contract through 2023 after signing an extension in the summer.

As a result, the 20-time English champion is expected to hire an interim manager until the summer before returning again for the South American.

Several candidates for the temporary position in Manchester’s red half have been sketched out but ex-Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde appears to be at the top of the queue at the time.

It remains to be seen who will take over the reins as Glazers and Co. in the short and long term. decide what is best for United’s future and this recent setback will only add to the hierarchy’s frustration as their first choice begs for the role.

What makes the situation even more worrying is that United didn’t decipher the availability of the former Spurs boss before getting rid of Solskjaer earlier in the week. Worrying for Old Trafford believers is the alarming lack of planning despite its rapid decline this season.

This has the potential to turn into a pretty chaotic situation that the club could deal with without the fans tensing up and protesting this season.

And in other news … BBC Sport is throwing a big twist in Man Utd’s managerial saga that fans should be concerned about

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