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Paris St-Germain Rejects Manchester United’s Initial Approach For Mauricio Pochettino

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Manchester United have had an initial enquiry to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager knocked back by Paris St-Germain. 

United officials have been encouraged that Pochettino might be tempted to join them mid-season and have made a first approach to their PSG counterparts, which has been rejected. 

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The Argentine is unsettled in Paris and although he played down suggestions of a link with United at his pre-match press conference ahead of the Manchester City game on Tuesday, privately he is understood to be open to an approach from United.

Pochettino was keen to return to Tottenham in the summer only for Paris St-Germain to stand firm and they have now turned down United’s first approach to try and talk to their manager.

After sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday, United appointed Michael Carrick as caretaker manager and announced plans to appoint an interim, before naming a permanent successor in the summer of 2022 .

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Former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has been approached by United over the interim role and has held talks with United’s football director John Murtough.

But United’s approach for Pochettino is a sign they believe the 49-year-old is interested in coming to Old Trafford sooner rather than later.

He was the club’s primary target to replace Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2019, only for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s caretaker spell to be so successful he was handed a three-year contract.

Pochettino again came under consideration last autumn when Solskjaer went through a blip, only for the Norwegian to steady the ship.

Paris St-Germain appointed Pochettino in January but he was unable to take them to the Ligue 1 title last season. They are well clear in France this season but are second in their Champions League group and Pochettino is yet to entirely win over sections of the club’s support.

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