PSG players’ dressing room stance on Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane

Mauricio Pochettino could take over at Man Utd, leaving the door open for Zinedine Zidane at PSG


Spanish publication Marca have reported that the consensus inside PSG's dressing room is that ex-Real Madrid coach Zidane will be the man to replace Pochettino.

Pochettino succeeded Thomas Tuchel in January 2021 but his future has remained a topic for debate since Lille stunned the French giants on the final day of the season to clinch the Ligue 1 title.

PSG remain on course on to reclaim the title this season, however, as they currently lead second-placed Nice by 11 points in the standings after just 14 matches.

Pochettino oversaw an impressive summer of recruitment which included signing Lionel Messi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georginio Wijnaldum and Achraf Hakimi.

But speculation has suggested that the former Tottenham boss is not entirely content with life in Paris and has been living in a hotel, while his family remain in London.

The 49-year-old was linked with a sensational return to Tottenham over the summer before the true cost of reappointing him became clear for Spurs.

There have also been issues regarding Messi's arrival, having scored just one league goal since his high-profile signing and his difficulty linking up with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

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Zinedine Zidane has been out of work since leaving Real Madrid in June

And the opportunity to return to the Premier League may prove too tempting to turn down after spending 11 months in the dugout in Paris.

PSG may be willing to sanction their current coach’s departure if they can land Zidane due to his heroic status in his homeland.

Zidane has been out of work since stepping down from his role with Madrid in June and, after he reportedly turned down United, it is believed the club are prioritising Pochettino.

And that would open the door for United to appoint their long-term target Pochettino, who has been linked with the post since guiding Spurs to the Champions League final in 2019.

The Man United hierarchy made the decision to sack Solskjaer on Saturday night following their 4-1 defeat at the hands of Watford.

It followed an emergency meeting between chairman Joel Glazer, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and managing director Richard Arnold whereby it was decided Solskjaer’s time was up.

The Norwegian, who had been in charge since succeeding Jose Mourinho in December 2018, oversaw a poor run of recent form, with Man United losing five out of their last seven Premier League matches.

Included in those defeats were humiliating results against rivals Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp’s men inflicting a 5-0 defeat on the Red Devils — their worst result in the fixture since 1925.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left Man Utd on Saturday after nearly three years in charge

Even a 2-0 derby defeat at the hands of Manchester City was not quite enough to put Solskjaer’s position under serious doubt.

But after his side capitulated with 10 men following Harry Maguire’s sending off at Vicarage Road, it quickly became clear that Solskjaer’s reign was coming to an abrupt end.

They are currently 12 points behind leaders Chelsea and already face an uphill task to catch the teams jostling for Champions League qualification.