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Mauricio Pochettino will not be leaving Paris Saint-Germain mid-season – Man United News And Transfer News

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Manchester United managerial target Mauricio Pochettino will not be leaving Paris Saint-Germain at this moment of time.

The manager appeared to be one of the top targets for the long-term position of manager and still could be but he won’t be arriving at the club any time soon.

This came after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked after a shocking 4-1 defeat away to Watford.

In recent days, Pochettino appeared in front of the media where he was asked numerous times about the recent links and didn’t have too much to say.

It was also reported that there was a meeting between Leonardo, who is the sporting director at PSG, and the manager.

According to Sky News, the Argentinian will not be leaving the club after Leonardo spoke to the media about the recent links.

“We do not want Pochettino to leave,” Leonardo told AFP.

“He never asked to leave and no club contacted us in relation to him”.

This doesn’t rule out the possibility of him returning to the Premier League to manage United in the summer but does rule out the chances of him joining the club mid-season as previous reports stated.

We now know that Ralf Rangnick will be announced as the next interim head coach of United until the summer, with Pochettino being one of the candidates to take over after.

Erik ten Hag is another who has been recently been linked to the club and even Rangnick could be in with a shout for the permanent spot.

United fans will be filled with joy to see that they have a plan in place going into the rest of the season and next summer.

They will be hoping Pochettino will be allowed to leave if he wishes to next summer.





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Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag: Manchester United at odds over hiring – Man United News And Transfer News

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Those in charge of Manchester United and manager Ralf Rangnick reportedly seem to be at odds over who should be in charge of the club next year in regards to Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag.

The German boss has been at Old Trafford for a short time but is expected to move into his advisory role once his interim period as boss is over.

According to Le Parisien, Pochettino continues to have ‘secret contact’ with United, just in case he finds himself free from PSG in the upcoming summer.

It’s understood the Red Devils’ hierarchy prefer to have the Argentine in charge next season but Rangnick feels Ajax’s Ten Hag should be handed the reigns instead.

The Dutch manager seems to be the fan-favourite at the minute but no one will complain if Pochettino is chosen instead.

After all, the former Tottenham Hotspur man is highly rated and has been linked with the Manchester United job for years now.

His teams play attractive, attacking football and he seems to prefer turning potential into ability, which is important to supporters who are used to having a factory line of youngsters breakthrough into the first team.

However, PSG seem hell-bent on holding onto Pochettino and it’s likely any move will only transpire if the manager fails them in the Champions League.

Ligue 1 is more or less expected of any manager who is in charge of the French giants and so their positions are typically judged on how well they do in Europe’s elite cup competition.

Ten Hag wasn’t available mid-season as he didn’t want to leave Ajax high and dry but once the summer comes around, he should be easier to attain.

The talented manager has gained plenty of attention of late for his fluid, attacking football and for making the most of what is a small budget in comparison to Premier League giants.

His trophy haul also helps him and perhaps that is why Rangnick reportedly supports signing him over Pochettino.



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Cristiano Ronaldo considering leaving Manchester United in June – Man United News And Transfer News

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Cristiano Ronaldo is considering leaving Manchester United at the end of this season, according to a new report.

The Portuguese legend is said to be ready to make the decision once he knows who the side’s new permanent manager will be.

The Daily Star claims that ‘Ronaldo has a contract until 2023 – but could leave United this summer if he doesn’t agree with the managerial appointment.

‘Ralf Rangnick took charge on an interim basis at the end of November and is expected to take up the role of ‘Senior Football Advisor’ at Old Trafford on a two year deal ahead of next season,’ the outlet reports.

‘And although Rangnick is not thought to be under consideration for the job full time, Ronaldo has let it be known that he wouldn’t support the German’s appointment.’

The last claim does not bode well for the rest of this season as it suggests a mismatch or clash between the current manager and star player.

The two favourites to take the role on a permanent basis are Paris Saint Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino and Ajax’s Erik ten Hag. Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers has also been linked.

The Times’ Henry Winter claimed yesterday that Ten Hag is the front runner whereas The Sun believes Pochettino expects to be offered the job.

Ronaldo’s frustrations at Old Trafford this season have been clear for all to see and it has not been the homecoming he had hoped for.

In his New Year message to fans on Instagram, he admitted to being unhappy and expressed a determination to put things right.

The 36-year-old’s name will always sell column inches and attract controversy and whilst there have been countless reports of his transfer having disrupted United, the fact is that he has scored six goals in five Champions League games and eight in sixteen for the Red Devils this season – not a bad tally.

His professionalism and personality have also been praised by all three managers who have taken the helm at Old Trafford since his return.

However, he will want to spend the twilight of his career somewhere where he can achieve his remaining goals and it is fair to say that Manchester United appears far from fulfilling that role as things stand.



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Ed Woodward could oversee appointment of Erik ten Hag as Man United manager – Man United News And Transfer News

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Ajax’s Erik ten Hag is leading the race to become the next permanent manager of Manchester United, according to a new report.

Following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and after a short caretaker stint from Michael Carrick, German Ralf Rangnick has taken the helm on an interim basis until the end of the season.

Many believed that Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino was favourite to take the role at that point but according to The Times’ Henry Winter, it is the Dutchman who is leading the race.

Furthermore, Winter claims that outgoing executive vice chairman Ed Woodward will be instrumental in bringing Ten Hag to the club.

‘[Woodward] will stay on the football board until the end of the season, helping his successor Richard Arnold settle in,’ Winter says.

‘His final act may be involvement in the appointment of a long-term manager with Erik ten Hag the leading contender.

‘Ajax’s widely-admired 51-year-old manager fits Woodward’s three-point list of a manager being somebody with a record of “winning trophies, attacking football and giving youth a chance”.’

Fans have been celebrating the news, announced today, that Woodward is finally leaving the club at the end of January and that he will not be kept on in a consultancy role. They will not be impressed to hear just an hour or so later that his tentacles will extend to the most crucial decision the club will have to make for years.

They could rightfully ask, after all the appalling decisions Woodward has made in appointing successive managers – not to mention the dreadful mismanagement of transfers and player contracts – why on earth he will be kept on to help guide the appointment as his ‘final act’ at the club.

It would surely be better if there was a clean slate and for Woodward’s indelibly discredited fingerprints to be as far away from the new managerial appointment as possible.

‘He still feels so “addicted” to United that it would be difficult to consider, certainly in the short term, a job at another club,’ Winter says.

‘He first needs to untangle himself mentally from the role which has obsessed him for the past nine years in particular.’

Many will be very excited to learn that Ten Hag is in pole for the job and would prefer Woodward to ‘untangle himself’ before he has a chance to botch yet another contract negotiation, especially one as important as this.



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