Mauricio Pochettino no longer Manchester United’s top choice manager

Mauricio Pochettino no longer Manchester United's top choice manager

PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino is no longer the first choice to become Manchester United manager after Erik ten Hag reportedly becomes the leading candidate.

Man United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November after the Norwegian failed to improve United’s results despite welcoming summer signings in Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane, and Jadon Sancho.

While United were searching for Solskjaer’s replacement, Erik ten Hag, Antonio Conte, and Mauricio Pochettino were linked with the job.

Ten Hag was not interested in leaving Ajax midway through the season. Pochettino admitted he’s happy at PSG and for some reason, United snubbed Conte.

Manchester United would end up appointing Ralf Rangnick as their interim manager but the German boss wants to become one of United’s chiefs at the end of the season.

Also, the former Leipzig manager hasn’t impressed the majority of the fans with his football philosophy, though he has only lost a game since his appointment.

As a result, the Red Devils would continue their hunt for Solskjaer’s permanent manager at the end of the season and both ten Hag and Pochettino would be at the top of the list.

However, according to The Times, Erik ten Hag is leading the Argentine boss in the race to become the next Manchester United manager.

Erik ten Hag is leading Mauricio Pochettino in the race to become Manchester United's next manager
Erik ten Hag is leading Mauricio Pochettino in the race to become Manchester United’s next manager

The Dutch manager in December admitted that he would be open to trying a new challenge at the end of the season.

Erik ten Hag told Volkskrant: “I believe I’m ready [for a move]. I’d gladly accept that challenge.

“But it’s not that I’m hunting for it, if this step doesn’t arrive I won’t say my career has failed.

“But I believe I have enough skills to accept the challenge.”