Manchester United told Mauricio Pochettino has been plotting his PSG exit strategy – Manchester Evening News

Manchester United have been told Mauricio Pochettino might be carrying out his ‘exit strategy’ amid reciprocated interest in the Old Trafford hot-seat.

After coming under intense pressure, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked by United and key figures in the boardroom were initially planning on appointing an interim until the end of this season.

That all changed when Pochettino hinted at unrest with current club Paris Saint-Germain amid comments he made about his level of control.

PSG are understood to have already knocked back one approach for the Argentine coach – who was incidentally in Manchester on Tuesday night when his star-studded team, including Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, were beaten by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Pochettino is a preferred candidate to replace Solskjaer on a permanent basis – though that would-be appointment requires around £10million in compensation.

During pre- and post-match press conferences, either side of the City showdown, the ex-Tottenham manager was notably coy about interest in the United vacancy – but former France international Samir Nasri suggests that stance comes as part of a wider plan to leave Paris.

Speaking via Sport Witness, Nasri said: “For the moment, I don’t see a Pochettino style in Paris as there could have been in Tottenham or even Southampton, teams that he was able to make play in a beautiful way.

“With PSG, he’s grasping, he still hasn’t found the right formula, he doesn’t know which system to play in.

“I don’t understand why he hasn’t started to field a three-man defence, for example. There are a lot of things I see that are a little bit inconsistent.

“It’s a little too easy to say that it is not his project, to clear oneself in case of failure.”

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On whether his comments were part of a possible exit strategy, Nasri added: “As luck would have it, Solskjaer was fired three days later and his name was found all over England as a possible future Manchester United manager.

“It’s a little too easy when you’re a coach to say; ‘It’s not my project’.”

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