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Mauricio Pochettino and Manchester United fortunes finally set to align after latest PSG twist

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Manchester United and Mauricio Pochettino has seemed like a fated partnership that has never materialised.

It’s like a romantic comedy where they both have feelings for each other, but one of them is always in a relationship.

When United needed a new manager, Pochettino has been in a job, most recently with Paris Saint-Germain. When he has wanted United, they were happily content with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the helm.

The most recent instance of this occurred towards the end of last year when United’s relationship with Solskjaer soured. After several untenable results, the club decided to part ways with the Norwegian.

MEN Sport revealed that United approached PSG for Pochettino. Still, the French club were unwilling to part ways with the Argentinian coach halfway through the season without a ready-made replacement waiting in the wings.

This led United to appoint Ralf Rangnick as their interim manager until the end of the season.

This meant that they would wait until summer to approach several managers who would have been unwilling to leave their clubs in the middle of the season, like Erik ten Hag at Ajax, who is also reportedly towards the top of the club’s shortlist.

But if reports in France are to be believed, United and Pochettino’s paths may finally cross. 

Le Parisien have reported that PSG are set to part ways with the Argentinian in the summer and could even do it earlier if the club fails to progress in the Champions League against Real Madrid.

The question is will United want him now PSG have seemingly worn him down?

During his time at the club, he has seen his team embarrassingly knocked out of the French Cup with a defeat against OCG Nice, and PSG inexplicably missed out on the Ligue 1 title to Lille in his first season at the club.

He has been struggling to accommodate big names into his squad, with Lionel Messi failing to impress since he moved to the club in the summer and overall, his style of football has been unable to impress the PSG fanbase.

There is no doubt that Pochettino is still a good manager, and PSG is a situation that can tank the reputation of any manager.

Just take Thomas Tuchel before him, who the club sacked, joined Chelsea and then won the Champions League, the trophy which the French club clear covet the most.

But is he the right manager to take United forward? The club will be embarking on a new project with Rangnick working behind the scenes alongside John Murtough to try and bring the club kicking and screaming into the modern-day, but they can only be successful if the face of the project is correct.

With several high-quality managers coming to the fore, Pochettino can no longer rely on the pre-existing and mutual respect with the club to carry him into the dugout anymore. He may find that when the time comes for the club to choose, they decide to couple up with someone else.

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Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag

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Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

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Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club

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Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

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Confirmed: Chelsea ready to make late bid to hijack another Arsenal transfer

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Chelsea will make a late attempt to scupper Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Mikhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners have submitted their third bid for the Ukraine international winger and hope an offer of £62m before add-ons, which take the deal closer to £70m, will be enough to break the deadlock between the two clubs.

Chelsea’s interest in the 21-year-old winger was earlier this week described only as ‘exploratory’ but ESPN now claim that Todd Boehly will test the waters and attempt to throw a spanner in the works for the Premier League leaders.

Shakhtar’s technical director Darijo Srna was pictured at Stamford Bridge last week as he watched Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City and Boehly would have little issue with meeting an asking price which is closer to £88million.

Arsenal are said to be confident that their latest bid for Mudryk will be enough to finally secure the services of their No.1 January target, but have already been beaten to the punch once this month by their west London rivals.

Chelsea won the race to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid amid competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Portugal international’s promising debut ended in devastating fashion when he was sent off just shy of the hour mark for a dangerous challenge on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.

Felix will now miss the next three games through suspension as the problems mount for Chelsea’s under-fire manager Graham Potter.

‘It sums up where we are at the moment – everything that can go wrong, is going wrong,’ Potter said after Chelsea’s 2-1 west London derby defeat.

‘It was a forward’s tackle from Joao, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment.

‘He was really good you could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us because he was looking dangerous throughout.

‘I don’t think there was too much malice in it and it is an unfortunate action and we are going to lose him now for three games.’

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