Man Utd’s back up plan if they can’t prise Mauricio Pochettino away from PSG now

Manchester United’s search for a new manager goes on after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was dismissed following an embarrassing defeat at Watford on Saturday

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Manchester United remain reportedly interested in installing PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager.


Pochettino’s PSG are currently in Manchester as they prepare to face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side in the Champions League on Tuesday.

But while United would very much like to lure the ex-Tottenham manager away from his current club, United’s hierarchy have a back-up plan.

TalkSPORT say United are considering an approach for Ralf Rangnick on an interim basis, should they fail in their attempt to prise Pochettino away from the French giants mid-season.

Rangnick – who was a coach for many years – is currently the head of sports and development at Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow.

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The coach is well-known throughout Germany as the man who introduced gegenpressing – which has been adopted by the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel – to German football during the late 1990s.

The 63-year-old has only ever coached in his native Germany, where he has managed the likes of Schalke, RB Leipzig, Stuttgart and Hoffenheim.

The latest developments come after Solskjaer was given his marching orders following a humiliating 4-1 defeat at the hands of Watford.

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Speaking after the game, Solskjaer said: “The results are not good enough, we know that

“We've gone 30 games unbeaten away from home and now we've lost two on the bounce and conceded four goals in both of them, so of course something's wrong.

“I feel for the fans and I feel the same as them – we're embarrassed by losing the way we do.

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Ralf Rangnick is reportedly being considered on an interim basis

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“We know we are in a very bad run and a bad situation, but that's football and I know they'll support whoever is on the pitch every day, and sometimes you've got to say sorry.”

United released a statement on Sunday which confirmed the sacking of Solskjaer, who spent almost three years at the helm.

However, reports suggest several other high-profile coaches are also being considered for the role.

Among those on the managerial shortlist are Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers and Ajax manager Erik ten Hag.

But for now, Michael Carrick will take charge of proceedings for the next two games against Villarreal and Chelsea.

Michael Carrick will take charge of proceedings for the next two matches

"I obviously know the boys very well, the staff very well and the club very well,” Carrick said ahead of United’s Champions League contest.

“This club has been my life for a long time now. I know the sacrifice and dedication you've got to give and I'm prepared to do this for however long it takes.”

Carrick added: "Football's football and this is a usual day in terms of [the fact] we've got a big game to prepare for.

"It's a privilege for me to now sit in this position. I understand the responsibility that comes with that, and now the focus is flipping our minds and moving forward quickly.

"It's what this club does very well; it's what this club's done very well historically."

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