On Monday 21 November, Manchester United fired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as head coach. And while the team is temporarily led by a member of the Norwegian specialist’s headquarters, Michael Carrick, the management is looking for a full replacement. The main candidates are Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG) coach Mauricio Pochettino and ex-Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.
According to The Independent, Pochettino is ready to lead United right now. The publication notes two key reasons: the ability to reunite with the family left in the UK, and a greater influence on transfer policy than in Paris. In an interview with L’Equipe, Pochettino focused on the club’s values that prevail over the coach’s vision.
“The coach has ideas, habits and his own view of football. With this in mind, you must evaluate the project and see at what stage of development it is. When PSG calls you, it’s like this: you need to adapt to the existing structure, where players are bought, in order to achieve what the club wants.
It is important to understand that PSG wants to win. In the Champions League, the French championship, the French Cup – everywhere. You don’t come here to build your project, look for opportunities to develop your ideas. You come to adapt and win – these are completely different things, “- quotes the CBS coach with reference to L’Equipe.
Now the only question is a solid compensation for Pochettino and who will replace him. The Sun reports that United will buy the Argentinean’s contract for 12 million euros. During his coaching career, Mauricio Pochettino has led Espanyol, Southampton and Tottenham and won the French Cup and Super Cup with PSG.
Zinedine Zidane can replace Pochettino in Paris. According to CBS, PSG may not interfere with the Argentine coach’s departure if they first reach an agreement with the ex-Real Madrid coach. The Frenchman himself, according to the Daily Express, refuses to head Manchester United for the following reasons: lack of knowledge of the English language, the unwillingness of his wife to move to the UK and the opportunity to join PSG. Earlier, the Mundo Deportivo newspaper reported that Zidane would consider only two proposals: from the grand Ligue 1 or the French national team.
The 49-year-old coach has won three Champions Leagues and won the Spanish Championship twice. Zidane came to Real Madrid twice – in 2016 and 2019. Both times he left the Madrid club of his own free will.
However, the coaching saga of Paris and Manchester is not limited to two names. According to the Marca newspaper, Cristiano Ronaldo wants to see the head coach of the Spanish national team Luis Enrique at United. The specialist reached the semifinals of Euro 2020 and the autumn final of the League of Nations with the national team. Enrique previously led Barcelona and won nine trophies with them, including the 2015 Champions League, two Spanish championships, three Cups and one National Super Cup.