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Pochettino to Man Utd ‘more real than ever’, as Ferdinand gives interview insight gleaned from talks

Mauricio Pochettino, Monaco v PSG March 2022

Mauricio Pochettino has held formal talks with Manchester United about becoming their new manager, according to a report.

The Paris Saint-Germain boss has managed the French giants since January last year and extended his contract last summer. Since then, though, talk of PSG sacking him has ramped up.

The Ligue 1 side have lost four of their last six games. While three of those defeats have not dented PSG’s title push much, the Champions League collapse against Real Madrid was the major standout.

Nevertheless, Man Utd have made former Tottenham manager Pochettino a firm candidate for their soon-to-be vacant post.

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag has already had an interview about taking over from interim boss Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford. United will also speak to Spain coach Luis Enrique. Still, he has insisted he is going to the World Cup with Spain in November.

As a result, Foot Mercato has reported that the Red Devils have therefore held talks with Pochettino.

The possibility of the Argentine moving to Old Trafford is now ‘more real than ever’, the report adds.

However, United chiefs have insisted to Pochettino that they will not rush their final decision.

Mauricio Pochettino is on the verge of being sacked

After crashing out of the Champions League, Mauricio Pochettino is under massive pressure at PSG.

The 50-year-old initially rose to Premier League prominence with Southampton. Tottenham then snapped him up in the summer of 2014.

Spurs progressed well under Pochettino and came close to Premier League title glory in 2016. What’s more, they reached the Champions League final in 2019.

After the defeat to Liverpool in Madrid, though, Pochettino’s reign turned sour and he soon got the sack.

Rio Ferdinand recently spoke to the manager for a BT Sport feature. He revealed his prediction of how Pochettino’s Man Utd interview would have gone.

Ferdinand reveals Pochettino, Man Utd insight

Mauricio Pochettino and Erik Ten Hag

“I spent a bit of time with him and he really impressed me as a person,” the pundit told his Vibe with Five YouTube channel.

“Him and his staff are men of detail and I would see him thrive and really flourish in an interview, if they are going to do the interview process.

“I think he would impress the hierarchy and decision makers at Old Trafford if they had him in front of them. He certainly impressed me. We had good football conversations and he is a good football man.”

Ferdinand also stressed that Pochettino did well to get Spurs to where they were in his reign with a “shoestring budget almost, compared to other people at that time.”

The pundit also downplayed the manager’s Champions League failures with PSG, insisting that Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel “didn’t get it done” and still triumphed in Europe’s premier competition with the Blues last season.