United have made Pochettino their main target as the next permanent manager following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday. The club are open to the appointment of Pochettino now if a deal can be reached, but intermediaries tasked with assessing the 49-year-old’s situation at PSG have indicated that the French side are, so far, unwilling. to speak.
United believe it is likely that Pochettino will only be available in the summer, unless the former Tottenham boss forces him out. Sources have told ESPN that Pochettino would like the vacant position at Old Trafford but is under contract in Paris until 2023 after signing an extension this summer.
Sources told ESPN that PSG have made contact with former real Madrid director Zinedine Zidane in case Pochettino returns to the Premier League. A deal with Zidane would impact when and if Pochettino is allowed to leave PSG.
In the meantime, sources told ESPN that United are continuing to examine possible interim coaches to take the team into the summer. Discussions have taken place with former Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde while Lucien Favre, previously at Borussia Dortmund, is also on their list. Ralf Rangnick, former head of RB Leipzig and now works for Lokomotiv Moscow, has distanced himself from work.
The process of finding an interim coach is still ongoing despite goalkeeper Michael Carrick leading United to an impressive 2-0 victory over Villarreal Tuesday night to reserve a place for the knockout stages of the Champions League as the winner of Group F.
Football Director John Murtough and Technical Director Darren Fletcher are leading the hunt for temporary and permanent managers, but Executive Vice President Ed Woodward and Co-President Joel Glazer will have the final say on whoever is appointed.
Woodward is still expected to leave the club at the end of the year and hand over his post to group general manager Richard Arnold, but sources have told ESPN he may still remain as a consultant to help with the transition between managers. .