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Main contenders to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United

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Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino is Manchester United’s first choice to take over permanently from Solskjaer, who was sacked on Sunday, and and it has been reported that the former Tottenham boss would be interested in the managerial position at Old Trafford.

The current PSG boss signed a one-year extension on his contract in the summer, taking his deal to 2023 is said to be the Club’s first choice.

He is still living in a hotel in Paris, with his wife remaining in the family home in England with his son Maurizio, who plays for Watford’s U23s.

Pochettino missed out on the United job in 2016 when the club went down the Jose Mourinho route in order to try and win trophies at any cost – a decision that, with hindsight, was clouded with short-termism. Pochettino will offer them a longer-term plan. He is the clear favourite for the job.

However, Pochettino’s immediate focus is on PSG’s next match against Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Another contender is Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag is understood to be United’s second choice for the role of Solskjaer’s long-term successor.

It has been reported that Ten Hag would “100 per cent be interested” in the role. Like Pochettino, Ten Hag will also have one year remaining on his contract next summer.

Manchester United have already announced their intention to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season, with Solskjaer’s former assistant Michael Carrick placed in temporary charge of the side.

United next face Villarreal in a crucial Champions League match on Tuesday before returning to domestic action away at Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday.


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