Mauricio Pochettino breaks silence on Man Utd manager vacancy

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino has addressed the speculation linking him with a midseason move to Manchester United, who are looking to appoint a successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Mauricio Pochettino claims he is "good in Paris" but is aware "things are happen" in football amid growing interest from Manchester United.

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The current PSG boss is being heavily linked with the vacancy at Old Trafford.

Currently he finds himself in the English city preparing his side for a Champions League clash against Manchester City, but the build up to the game has been dominated by his future.

United axed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday and were set to appoint an interim boss until the end of the season before pursuing a major target in the summer.

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However there appears to be a willingness from Pochettino to move midseason.

The Argentine has not yet been in his Paris role for a year, but has previously been courted by United back in 2018 when they sacked Jose Mourinho.

Pochettino has been quizzed on his future and said: "I'm good in Paris. I know well, all my life as a player or coach I have experienced this kind of situation.

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"Things are happening, it's not my responsibility. What I'm going to say if you ask me, I'm good in Paris."

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He went on to add: "I am very focussed on football. I am not a kid. I spend my whole life playing football and as a coach. We are in a business where rumours are there. I understand what is going on. The rumours are there. We have to live with that."

The Argentine was also asked if he plans to see out his PSG contract and replied: "Football is about the present.

"I said to you all, my contract is until 2023. It's for one season more. I don't say anything different. I am very happy at Paris Saint-Germain. It's a fact. I am happy in Paris"

Pochettino then shut down the discussion: "We are not here to speak about that (United interest). I respect my club PSG. What another club does is none of my concern. I will not comment on it. I am happy in Paris. I love the club & the fans. It is wonderful with PSG."

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Marco Verratti was also questioned on the future of his boss: "Since I started playing football, I have always heard rumours. We have to focus on playing a good game tomorrow. That is our only concern, nothing else."

United would have to pay PSG a compensation package if they did want to appoint the 49-year-old.

That fee is £10m – an amount the club would no doubt be willing to cough up.

Pochettino forged an impressive reputation for himself across more than six years in England, having taken over at Southampton back in 2013.

It was at Tottenham where he really marked himself out as an individual of note however, guiding the north Londoners to regular top four finishes.

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The Argentine led Tottenham impressively for over five years

His best finish was second back in 2017 whilst he also reached several domestic semi-finals with Tottenham.

In his final full season he guided them to the final of the Champions League against all the odds, eventually coming unstuck by Liverpool.

Pochettino's style and conduct appears to be a fit at Old Trafford. He plays attractive football whilst has shown himself capable of improving young players.

The only question mark that continues to be held against him is the lack of silverware on his CV.

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