PSG stars feel Zinedine Zidane arrival ‘imminent’ amid Mauricio Pochettino-Man Utd link

If Zidane takes over in Paris, it could give United the opportunity to bring in one of the leading candidates for the manager’s job at Old Trafford sooner than anticipated

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Mauricio Pochettino is one of the names to be heavily linked with the vacant Manchester United job after the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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However, with the Argentine currently under contract at Paris Saint-Germain, some have imagined it unlikely that United bring him on board before the summer.

For that to change, PSG would need to find a successor to the former Spurs boss themselves, and reports from the continent have suggested such a move is closer than we might have anticipated.

Zinedine Zidane is said to be the man in the frame for the job in Paris, and his arrival in the French capital could be enough to set the wheels in motion for Pochettino's return to English football.

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Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly a frontrunner for the Man Utd job
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Pochettino has only been at PSG since January, when he took over from previous incumbent and current Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.

The Argentine initially only signed a contract until the summer of 2022, and was linked with the United job even before he moved to France, so it is no surprise to see him mentioned once more.

However, with PSG players said to be anticipating the arrival of Zidane, Pochettino could yet return to England sooner than expected.

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"Through the PSG dressing room… the idea is circulating that Zidane is about to appear in Paris," Marca reports.

"What's more, in different conversations between PSG players his name has appeared.

"They know the club and they sense that something could happen."

Paris Saint-Germain sit atop Ligue 1 as they attempt to regain the title they lost last season, but sit behind Manchester City in their Champions League group and will finish second at best if they lose at the Etihad Stadium this week.

Zidane has also been linked with the United job
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Zidane has been linked with United himself, though it has been suggested that he had previously been holding out for the job of France national team manager.

The 49-year-old has yet to take a new job since leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season, and his former France teammate Emmanuel Petit is among those to hint that Zidane will replace Didier Deschamps after the 2022 World Cup.

The opportunity to take over in Paris could throw a spanner in the works, though, and the availability of Pochettino could be one of the few things which convinces United to move away from the stated plans of looking for someone to take interim charge for the remainder of the season.

For now, though, United will have caretaker manager Michael Carrick in the dugout for the Champions League trip to Villarreal, while the former midfielder may also be in charge for their next Premier League game away at Chelsea.

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