Mauricio Pochettino is close to the sack at Paris Saint-Germain amid second Manchester United managerial target Erik ten Hag researching the club, according to a report.
United are looking ahead to another period of transition following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Interim manager Ralf Rangnick has steadied the ship on the pitch. However, big changes are coming down the track.
A restructuring at the top will see Rangnick work as a consultant to club chiefs from this summer. On the ground though, the next managerial appointment will prove crucial.
Man Utd have never hit their previous heights under any of their five managers since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013. And after another below-par season, the pressure is mounting.
As for who could step in, former Tottenham boss Pochettino is a firm candidate. His future is in serious doubt following PSG’s drastic Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.
In fact, The Times has now claimed that Pochettino’s future is sealed. Still, it remains unclear if club chiefs will sack the 50-year-old now or wait until the end of the season.
In any case, the door has opened for Man Utd to get their approach for the Argentine firmly underway.
Meanwhile, the newspaper has also claimed that Ajax boss Ten Hag has been researching Man Utd.
Indeed, by contacting third parties, he has reportedly sought as much information as he can get. He wants to know about the squad and how the club is run.
Ten Hag has made his name at Ajax by leading them to Eredivisie glory and the Champions League semi-finals. However, he has been warned of the major differences between managing Ajax and Man Utd.
Elsewhere, Sky Sports has reported that United have sounded Ten Hag out over his availability. Although, no official approach has been made at this stage.
Whoever steps in, though, faces a big task ahead of them to get United back on track.
Pochettino or Ten Hag for Man Utd
Pochettino has a wealth of managerial experience in the Premier League following his spell with Tottenham.
While he ultimately did not win the title despite coming close, he knows what it takes to win games in the top flight.
He also led Spurs to the Champions League final and has know-how in Europe, even if his PSG side did not show it on Wednesday.
Ten Hag, meanwhile, has starred at Ajax but has yet to try his hand in a major European league.
As a result, a step up to the Premier League – let alone Man Utd with the task at hand – would prove a big step.
For now, though, the focus at Old Trafford is a top-four Premier League finish under Rangnick.