Man Utd: What Mauricio Pochettino said in an interview as PSG complain

Manchester United interviewed Mauricio Pochettino over Zoom

Manchester United interviewed Mauricio Pochettino over Zoom (Pictures: Getty)

Mauricio Pochettino sent a major warning to Manchester United chiefs when he was interviewed by the club about the vacant manager’s position at Old Trafford.

The Premier League giants interviewed Paris Saint-Germain boss Pochettino over Zoom a couple of weeks ago as they considered bringing the former Tottenham man to the Theater of Dreams.

United’s last permanent manager, club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, was relieved of his duties in November and Ralf Rangnick has been in the job on an interim basis since.

Pochettino and Ajax’s Erik ten Hag emerged as the two frontrunners to take over at United but the former appears to have blown his chance in an interview that The Sun say ‘did not go well’.

It is claimed that Pochettino spoke about how much money would be needed to overhaul an underperforming squad and suggested he was ready to offload a number of struggling stars.

But Manchester United want their next manager to instill a new playing identity rather than focus on transfers, something that appears to have worked in Ten Hag’s favor.

Erik ten Hag is closing in on a move to Old Trafford

Erik ten Hag is closing in on a move to Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

It was reported earlier in the week that Ten Hag had agreed personal terms over a move to Old Trafford, with his appointment potentially confirmed as soon as next week.

While PSG look set to hold on to Pochettino for now, the French giants have reportedly complained to Manchester United about the public courting of the Argentine manager.

Ten Hag will take over a Red Devils team in disarray, currently just seventh in the Premier League and without a trophy in five years.

Former Arsenal and England winger Paul Merson has his doubts over Ten Hag, however, and believes Manchester United are taking a ‘big risk’ in appointing the Dutchman.

‘Ten Hag is not the answer for me,’ he told the Daily Star last week. ‘He’s coming from a club that’s in a two-team league where you dominate every match. He does not know this league.

‘I think it’s a gamble. You can not win anything without a good manager and I’m not sure how good a manager Ten Hag is. ‘

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