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Campbell names right manager to take over from Rangnick at Manchester United
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Campbell names right manager to take over from Rangnick at Manchester United

Former Arsenal striker, Kevin Campbell has identified Paris Saint-Germain coach, Mauricio Pochettino as the right manager to succeed Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford. Campbell believes Pochettino is ‘ready-made’ for Man United, adding that he will get the best out of the Red Devils’ squad. Rangnick was appointed as Manchester United interim manager last year following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The 63-year-old German agreed to a six months contract before he will then take up a two-year consultancy role at the club and speculation surrounding his successor has already begun. “I think it is been geared towards Pochettino this whole time. Just the way he can get the whole club together and really galvanize the whole place, it would do Man United the world of good,” Campb...
Pochettino tells PSG to sign Chelsea’s most exciting midfielder immediately
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Pochettino tells PSG to sign Chelsea’s most exciting midfielder immediately

Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino has told the club to sign Conor Gallagher from Chelsea in a £30m transfer deal immediately. Gallagher, who is currently on loan at Crystal Palace, has enjoyed a breakthrough season. The England star has scored six goals and provided three assists so far this season. He has generally impressed with his energetic and dynamic performances. And The Sun reports that Gallagher’s performances have attracted the attention of PSG and Pochettino. Pochettino is urging the PSG board to bring the English midfielder to the French capital. According to the report, PSG believes the Blues may be willing to sell the midfielder his status as one of the most exciting young players in the Premier League. The opportunity to play alongside the like...
PSG vs Real Madrid: Pochettino Predicts Champions League tie
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PSG vs Real Madrid: Pochettino Predicts Champions League tie

Paris Saint-Germain boss, Mauricio Pochettino has predicted a ‘tough’ game when his team tackle Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 fixture in February. PSG was drawn against Real Madrid in the Champions League last-16 that will be played in February. But Pochettino is confident that PSG can beat the LaLiga giants and secure progress to the quarter-final. “It will be a difficult tie because they are a team with a super coach and super players,” Pochettino told PSG’s official club media. “We will be facing Real Madrid, who are a team used to winning the Champions League, a team with history and plenty of experience. It’s clear that we face a very tough tie. “It starts in February, so the current form will count for little. The important thing will ...
PSG vs Monaco: 5 key players missing as Pochettino announces squad for Ligue 1 clash
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PSG vs Monaco: 5 key players missing as Pochettino announces squad for Ligue 1 clash

Paris Saint-Germain boss, Mauricio Pochettino has announced his side’s squad to face Monaco in today’s Ligue 1 fixture in Paris. Pochettino excluded Sergio Ramos, Neymar, Presnel Kimpembe, Julian Draxler and Nuno Mendes from the 21-man squad to tackle Monaco in a post via the club’s website on Sunday. PSG head to the game following a 4-1 win over Club Brugge in the Champions League last Tuesday. Pochettino’s side are currently on top of the Ligue 1 table with 42 points from 17 games. The kick-off time for PSG vs Monaco is 8.45 pm. Below is PSG’s squad against Monaco: 1.Keylor Navas 2.Achraf Hakimi 5.Marquinhos 6.Marco Verratti 7.Kylian Mbappé 8.Leandro Paredes 9.Mauro Icardi 11.Angel Di Maria 12.Rafinha 14.Juan Bernat 15.Danilo Pereira 16.Sergio Rico 17.Colin ...
Arsenal interested as Wijnaldum pushing PSG for Premier League return
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Arsenal interested as Wijnaldum pushing PSG for Premier League return

Georginio Wijnaldum is open to a Premier League return on loan in January. However, Sky Sports reports that PSG are not keen on the move. The Dutchman has failed to establish himself in Mauricio Pochettino's starting line-up since joining on a free transfer from Liverpool last summer. Arsenal are understood to be a potential destination for the Netherlands international if PSG change their mind. Wijnaldum joined Liverpool from Newcastle in 2016, and won the Premier League and Champions League during his 237 appearances for the club.  
Champions League: Pochettino Speaks on rift with Messi, trouble in PSG dressing room
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Champions League: Pochettino Speaks on rift with Messi, trouble in PSG dressing room

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has dismissed reports of a rift with forward, Lionel Messi. Pochettino also debunked reports of trouble in the PSG dressing room ahead of their Champions League clash with Club Brugge on Tuesday night. Reports had emerged yesterday that Pochettino had found himself under more pressure with Messi’s camp questioning his tactical acumen. Speaking on the development ahead of PSG’s home Champions League tie with Club Brugge tonight, Pochettino responded to reports about Messi’s unhappiness and reports about a rift in the dressing room. Pochettino said at his pre-match press conference, “I’m feeling good; I’m calm; I am working in an organisation which is aware of the work we are putting in. I’m feeling the club’s supp...
I’m Ready now : Erik ten Hag tells Man United
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I’m Ready now : Erik ten Hag tells Man United

Ajax boss, Erik ten Hag has said he is ready to become Manchester United permanent manager. The Dutchman, alongside Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino, former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane and Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers are all linked to the permanent job at Old Trafford. Ralf Rangnick, who was recently appointed on a interim basis, will.only spent six months at Old Trafford in his managerial position when the club hopes to then hand over the reigns to the next permanent manager. Multiple reports in Europe suggest that Ten Hag is among several leading candidates for the role. Ten Hag has now openly admitted that he is ready to leave the Netherlands to take on a new challenge. “I think I’m ready for it. I would be happy to take on that challenge,” he told de...
Zidane closer to replacing Pochettino at PSG after Nice flop
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Zidane closer to replacing Pochettino at PSG after Nice flop

Former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is edging closer to replacing Mauricio Pochettino at PSG. That's according to French pundit Daniel Riolo, who says PSG's 0-0 draw with Nice is another sign Pochettino is losing the players. He said on After Foot: "Clearly Pochettino dropped the case and the players too… "Finally it has neither tail nor head! I think Pochettino is over! Clearly it is burnt. I announced the arrival of Messi in early December last year. "I'm not far from thinking the same for Zidane this winter. I also have some information on the subject, and it discusses very seriously."  
PSG give Man Utd two conditions to take Pochettino immediately
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PSG give Man Utd two conditions to take Pochettino immediately

Paris Saint-Germain have laid out two conditions for their manager, Mauricio Pochettino, to leave for Manchester United, according to Sky Sports. Pochettino is believed to be United’s top choice to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Red Devils will wait until next summer to land the former Tottenham boss and are already working on appointing an interim manager. However, PSG will allow Pochettino to depart if United pay a full compensation to them. The Ligue 1 club also want to secure a replacement, who would come in straight away and take charge of the team. Pochettino was forced to deny that the speculation about his future unsettled the team ahead of their Champions League trip to Manchester City. Speaking after the 2-1 defeat at the Etihad, he said: “The...
Tottenham boss Conte asked about Pochettino and Man Utd
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Tottenham boss Conte asked about Pochettino and Man Utd

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has wished his best to PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino amid interest from Manchester United.   Conte was linked with the United job prior to his arrival in north London at the start of the month. In a press conference on Wednesday, the Italian was asked his thoughts about Pochettino arriving at Old Trafford given the pairs respect for each other. "Honestly in this moment I'm too busy thinking about my work and the situation here at Tottenham to speak about whether eventually Pochettino comes again to England," said Conte. "I think I'm not prepared for this answer, I'm sorry! I am focused on the game against Mura. "Mauricio is a friend, a good friend, and he is a good person. I wish for him the best."
PSG cannot be counter attacking with Messi in starting XI – Anelka to Pochettino
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PSG cannot be counter attacking with Messi in starting XI – Anelka to Pochettino

Former Paris Saint-Germain striker, Nicholas Anelka, has told the club’s manager, Mauricio Pochettino, that his side cannot be a counter-attacking team with Lionel Messi in his starting XI. Anelka stated this following PSG’s Champions League 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday night. The former Arsenal and Chelsea star also told Pochettino that he could not continue to base his team on Kylian Mbappe alone. Anelka has been less impressed with Messi since he joined PSG from Barcelona in the summer. “With Messi, PSG cannot be a counter team,” Anelka told RMC. “You cannot base the whole team on Kylian Mbappe.” Anelka had previously urged PSG to demand a lot from Messi. He said: “Today we demand from Neymar, but we can do the same with Messi. “Since the beginnin...
You can do more with Man Utd than PSG – Michael tells Pochettino
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You can do more with Man Utd than PSG – Michael tells Pochettino

Former Manchester United striker, Michael Owen has claimed that Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino can do more with the Red Devils squad than his current team. Owen said this while speaking on reports linking Pochettino with a move to Manchester United. Pochettino has been heavily linked with a move to coach Man United since the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last weekend. The Argentine is said to be a strong favourite to succeed Solskjaer as permanent manager, but his contract with PSG will expire in June 2023. Speaking on BT Sport, Owen said: “I think Poch [Mauricio Pochettino] can probably do more with the Manchester United team than he can the PSG team. “The PSG team picked themselves, but can you mould them into a winning team? I’m not sur...
PSG will not win title, you can’t drop Messi, two others – Owen warns Pochettino
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PSG will not win title, you can’t drop Messi, two others – Owen warns Pochettino

Former Manchester United striker, Michael Owen has warned Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, that his team would not win the Champions League this season if they continue to play like the way they did against Manchester City. Owen believes Pochettino’s ‘hands are tied’ when it comes to selecting his squad because he cannot drop Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. The former Real Madrid star stated this while reacting to PSG’s Champions League 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday night. Man City defeated PSG in England, thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus. Mbappe did score for the French Ligue 1 giants at the Etihad Stadium. Speaking after PSG’s defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday night, Owen told BT Sport: “His (...
PSG players know the situation – Pochettino speaks on leaving for Man Utd after City defeat
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PSG players know the situation – Pochettino speaks on leaving for Man Utd after City defeat

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has said his players “know very well the situation”, as it concerns speculation linking him with the Manchester United job. Pochettino is heavily tipped to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford. It was amid these speculations he arrived in the blue half of Manchester, to face Pep Guardiola’s men in the Champions League group stage. PSG lost 2-1 at the Etihad, despite taking the lead through Kylian Mbappe. Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus scored for City, to ensure they finish as group winners. Pochettino has now denied the speculation over his future had unsettled the squad. He said: “The players know very well the situation – we are living in a business in which rumours are there, sometimes negative, ...
Mauricio Pochettino told to ‘get out’ of PSG immediately after 2-1 defeat to Man City
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Mauricio Pochettino told to ‘get out’ of PSG immediately after 2-1 defeat to Man City

Paris Saint-Germain boss, Mauricio Pochettino has been told to get out of the club after he watched his French side lose 2-1 to Man City in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher wants Pochettino to ‘get out of’ PSG as quickly as possible and head to Manchester United if the Red Devils come calling for him. PSG were defeated 2-1 by Pep Guardiola’s City side with Kylian Mbappe putting the visitors ahead before goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus gave City the win. PSG had their Lionel Messi, Neymar and Mbappe front line but Carragher was left thoroughly unimpressed by their performance. He said Pochettino should be looking for the exit door at PSG and hoping that Man United make a move for him. “Pochettino has to ge...
I wish you the best – Conte reacts to Pochettino’s Possible move to Man United
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I wish you the best – Conte reacts to Pochettino’s Possible move to Man United

Tottenham boss, Antonio Conte has reacted to the speculation linking PSG coach, Mauricio Pochettino to Manchester United, saying ‘I wish him the best’. The Tottenham manager described Pochettino, who had earlier announced he is happy at PSG, as a good friend. The Argentine is rumoured to be lined up by Manchester United as their new permanent manager. Man United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday after an embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Watford that saw them move to eight place in the league table and 12 points behind league leaders, Chelsea. Conte was said to be interested in the job at Old Trafford before joining Spurs when the calls were not forthcoming from United. Now Pochettino is United’s clear preference to succeed Solskjaer and the Tottenham boss is be...
What Pochettino said as he signs Manchester United shirt
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What Pochettino said as he signs Manchester United shirt

PSG boss, Mauricio Pochettino, on Wednesday, signed a Manchester United shirt for a supporter. The Argentine signed the autograph inside PSG’s team hotel before the French side’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in the Champions League. Even when one of his representatives tried to stop him from signing the shirt the Argentine said, “it’s fine, it’s fine,” and he signed Pochettino is a leading candidate to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was sacked on Sunday. Pochettino is said to be keen on becoming next Man United permanent manager and is said to be unhappy with his current situation at PSG. But signing the autograph gives a big indication that the former Tottenham manager long-term future could be at United. “We met Poch today, my kid had his autograph stuff in the b...
Zidane reveals next step if Man Utd appoint Pochettino as manager
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Zidane reveals next step if Man Utd appoint Pochettino as manager

Zinedine Zidane has decided to take the Paris Saint-Germain, if Manchester United are able to land Mauricio Pochettino, according to the UK Telegraph. United are searching for their next permanent manager after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was dismissed on Sunday. Michael Carrick has been installed on an interim basis and took charge of a 2-0 win at Villarreal in the Champions League on Tuesday night. United are still contemplating the prospect of attempting to lure Pochettino away from PSG before the end of the season, or continue the campaign with an interim manager. Zidane is among the candidates that would interest the Red Devils, but the Frenchman is holding out to become the next head coach of the national team. However, Zidane would take the PSG job if it was to be made ava...
Three top players Pochettino would bring along to Man United revealed
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Three top players Pochettino would bring along to Man United revealed

Three players Mauricio Pochettino could sign for Manchester United if he finally takes over at Manchester United have been revealed. The Red Devils could be set for big changes in the January transfer window if Pochettino arrives immediately. Pochettino, a former Tottenham manager, is now in the frontline of managers shortlisted to take over at Old Trafford. According to talkSPORT, the Argentine could leave Paris Saint-Germain right now for the Red Devils. United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday after a series of losses that saw them sitting in eighth place in the league, 12 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea after 12 games. Solskjaer brought in Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus, Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund and Raphael Varane from Real Madrid in the su...
Pochettino passionately dismisses Man Utd links: I love PSG, I’m so happy here
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Pochettino passionately dismisses Man Utd links: I love PSG, I’m so happy here

Manchester United target Mauricio Pochettino insists he is happy at Paris Saint-Germain. The Argentina is reportedly United's top target to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager. But the former Tottenham Hotspur boss has poured cold water on those rumours. "What another club are doing in that moment is not my business, not my problem," Pochettino said. "I need to be focused on Paris Saint-Germain. "I'm not going to make the mistake to talk. In the past, when I was at Espanyol and my dream was to meet Ferguson, all that, I can tell now it's going to be misunderstood and out of context. "I was a player at Paris Saint-Germain, I love the club, I love the fans. I think it's a fantastic time to be at the club." Pochettino added: "I am very focused. I am not a kid, I have spe...
‘I put my money, he’ll sign in summer’ – Ferdinand reveals next Man Utd manager
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‘I put my money, he’ll sign in summer’ – Ferdinand reveals next Man Utd manager

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, believes that Manchester United will appoint current Paris Saint-Germain boss, Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager, in the summer of 2022. Ferdinand feels Pochettino will coach Man United next year, adding that he is putting his money on the Argentine to sign for the Old Trafford club at the end of the current season. Man United over the weekend sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following their embarrassing Premier League 4-1 loss to Watford. The Red Devils then put Michael Carrick to temporarily take charge of the first team as they look to appoint a new manager in the coming days. “I don’t think that Pochettino leaves PSG during the season,” Ferdinand said on Vibe with FIVE. “He’s a man of integrity, he’s a man of res...
Zidane to take over at PSG with Pochettino keen on Man Utd
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Zidane to take over at PSG with Pochettino keen on Man Utd

Paris Saint-Germain have contacted Zinedine Zidane in case Mauricio Pochettino leaves for Manchester United, ESPN reports. The 49-year-old is the No. 1 candidate for PSG owners if they need to replace Pochettino. Zidane is out of job after leaving Real Madrid last summer following his second tenure at the Santiago Bernabeu. During his stint with the LaLiga giants, he won 190 of his 301 matches in charge and lifted three Champions Leagues and two LaLiga trophies. The France World Cup winner is keen on the PSG job if it becomes available, it is believed. Pochettino has yet to fully settle in Paris since joining them in January. With the United job now vacant after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure last weekend, he is now keen on a return to the Premier League. But the 49-y...
Man Utd hoping to use PSG winter break to swoop for Pochettino
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Man Utd hoping to use PSG winter break to swoop for Pochettino

Manchester United are hoping to use PSG's winter break to persuade Mauricio Pochettino to become their next manager. The Argentine is interested in succeeding Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United boss. Solskjaer was sacked on Sunday after a dismal defeat to Watford over the weekend. A move at the end of the season seems most realistic, with Michael Carrick put in charge as interim manager. However, the Evening Standard says United could try to use the break to approach Pochettino when the Ligue 1 goes on break from December 22 and January 7. Pochettino's wife and youngest son still live in London and the 49-year-old is expected to return to the UK over Christmas. This time would also allow PSG to find a suitable replacement for Pochettino. The Parisians used last season's wi...
Ten Hag breaks silence on taking over at Man Utd after Solskjaer’s exit
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Ten Hag breaks silence on taking over at Man Utd after Solskjaer’s exit

Ajax manager, Erik ten Hag, has claimed he has “heard nothing” about the Manchester United job, after he was asked about replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Ten Hag is believed to be one of the leading contenders to be Solskjaer’s successor at Old Trafford. Solskjaer has been fired following the 4-1 defeat at Watford. Reports insisted Ten Hag was “100% interested” in the job, but the Dutch manager has now poured cold water over the rumour. The 51-year-old was asked if he could make the switch to Manchester United following Ajax’s 5-0 win over RKC Waalwijk. He told ESPN: “My focus is on Ajax, the rest only distracts.” Asked if he will remain the Ajax manager, he replied: “It’s a weird question. I heard nothing about it [Man United job], so I can’t think about it.” Michael...
Pochettino ready to become Man United manager immediately
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Pochettino ready to become Man United manager immediately

Paris Saint-Germain boss, Mauricio Pochettino is ready to dump the French side and take up the vacant position at Old Trafford on a permanent ground immediately. Daily Mail reports that Pochettino wants to save Manchester United from appointing an interim boss. United are now in the market in search of any available top manager in Europe after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked on Sunday following the heavy loss to Watford on Saturday. Assistant manager, Michael Carrick is now in charge on a care-taker capacity and will lead the team to Spain for Tuesday’s Champions League game at Villarreal. Man United want to hire a high quality replacement for Solskjaer, who left the side seventh in the Premier League table and their most favoured option, Pochettino, is said to be ready to ma...
Man United set to snub Zidane, appoint Alex Ferguson’s choice as manager
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Man United set to snub Zidane, appoint Alex Ferguson’s choice as manager

Manchester United have opened talks with former Tottenham boss, Mauricio Pochettino as the replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was sacked earlier on Sunday. The Red Devils’ hierarchy wants to hire Pochettino, who is Sir Alex Ferguson’s choice to take over Old Trafford, talkSPORT reports. Former Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane had before appeared as the number one target for the vacant job at Old Trafford. Solskjaer was shown the Old Trafford’s exit door on Sunday following an embarrassing 4-1 loss to Watford on Saturday. The club hierarchy has called on assistant manager, Michael Carrick to step up on caretaker capacity and the former midfielder may be in place until the end of the season. The hierarchy at Old Trafford now feels they can bring former Tottenham mana...
He knows how to come through difficult spells – Pochettino hails Messi
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He knows how to come through difficult spells – Pochettino hails Messi

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has named forward, Lionel Messi, as the ‘best player in the world’. Pochettino said this while commenting on Messi’s display in PSG’s Ligue 1 victory over Nantes on Saturday. Messi, who did not score in five league games since arriving at PSG in the summer, ended his Ligue 1 duck on Saturday. The Argentine captain found the back of the net against Nantes to help his ten-man side pick up a 3-1 win. Speaking about Messi at his post-match press conference, Pochettino said, “I don’t think he was worried about not having scored a league goal. “He is a great champion, the best player in the world; so he knows how to come through difficult spells. He has the patience, and it’s good that he scored.” Pochettino added, “We p...
Zidane’s wife blocks Man Utd move
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Zidane’s wife blocks Man Utd move

Zinedine Zidane is believed to be the Glazers’ ideal appointment, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expected to be sacked as Manchester United manager. But the Frenchman’s wife, Veronique, is against him moving to the club. According to the UK Times, Veronique does not want to live in England. Zidane has been out of a job since he left Real Madrid in the summer but was believed to be learning English in a bid to work in the Premier League. However, his wife would need convincing if he is to replace under-fire Solskjaer at Old Trafford If United do not get Zidane, they could turn to Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino or Ajax boss, Erik ten Hag. Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers, will also be considered for the role.
Pochettino in line to take over Solskjaer’s job at Man United
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Pochettino in line to take over Solskjaer’s job at Man United

Paris Saint-Germain boss, Mauricio Pochettino, could be heading to Manchester United to take over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to The Telegraph. The newspaper reports that the Argentine has provided a huge boost as Manchester United weigh up potential alternatives to Solskjaer. The report says that Pochettino is keen on returning to the Premier League after he was sacked by Tottenham. Manchester endured a difficult start to the 2021-22 season with their recent defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City. With the recent results, Solskjaer’s position at the club is currently under immense scrutiny. Things are expected to change after the international break or the Norwegian may lose the backing of United board. Man United’s next games are against Villarreal and Chel...
Messi missing as Pochettino announces PSG’s squad against RB Leipzig
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Messi missing as Pochettino announces PSG’s squad against RB Leipzig

Paris Saint-Germain boss, Mauricio Pochettino, has announced his side’s squad to face RB Leipzig in Wednesday’s Champions League fixture in Germany. Pochettino excluded Lionel Messi from the 21-man squad to tackle RB Leipzig in a post via the club’s website on Tuesday. PSG head to the game after beating Lille 2-1 in a French Ligue 1 encounter last Friday. The kick-off time for Leipzig vs PSG is 9 pm. Below is PSG’s squad against Leipzig: 1.Keylor Navas 2.Achraf Hakimi 3.Presnel Kimpembe 5.Marquinhos 7.Kylian Mbappé 9.Mauro Icardi 10.Neymar JR 11.Angel Di Maria 15.Danilo Pereira 17.Colin Dagba 18.Georginio Wijnaldum 20.Layvin Kurzawa 21.Ander Herrera 22.Abdou Diallo 23.Julian Draxler 24.Thilo Kehrer 25.Nuno Mendes 27. Idrissa Gueye 28.Eric Junior Dina Ebim...
Messi left out of PSG squad to face Leipzig due to hamstring & knee injuries
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Messi left out of PSG squad to face Leipzig due to hamstring & knee injuries

Mauricio Pochettino will be without the six-time Ballon d'Or winner when his side resume their Champions League campaign in midweek Lionel Messi has been left out of Paris Saint-Germain's squad to face RB Leipzig due to a couple of fresh injury complaints. Messi has not been named in Mauricio Pochettino's 21-man squad for Wednesday's Champions League group-stage clash, having come off early in their last Ligue 1 outing against Lille. Pochettino explained that the Argentine superstar had picked up a knock after the 2-1 victory, and PSG have now confirmed that he is struggling with two separate issues that have made him unavailable for selection.  
PSG vs Lille: Pochettino reveals why he substituted Messi at half time
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PSG vs Lille: Pochettino reveals why he substituted Messi at half time

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has said he substituted Lionel Messi at half time against Lille “as a precaution”. The 34-year-old was taken off after 45 minutes in Friday’s Ligue 1 fixture. Mauro Icardi replaced Messi at the start of the second half with PSG losing 1-0. However, Pochettino’s men turned the game around, with Marquinhos making it 1-1 in the 77th minute, before Angel Di Maria scored the winner with two minutes left. Speaking about his decision to take off Messi, Pochettino told Amazon Prime: “We have to wait. We spoke with the doctor. “It’s a precaution. He couldn’t go on, but it’s not a big issue. He will be available for the next game.” Messi is yet to find the back of the net for PSG in the league, but has three goals in the Champions...
Ballon d’Or: Pochettino reveals how choosing Messi caused problems with Neymar, Mbappe
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Ballon d’Or: Pochettino reveals how choosing Messi caused problems with Neymar, Mbappe

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has admitted that his comment on Lionel Messi deserving to win this year’s Ballon d’Or, has caused a “problem” inside the dressing room. Pochettino backed Messi to win a record-extending seventh award earlier this month. Messi is joined on the 30-man shortlist by PSG teammates Gianluigi Donnarumma, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. However, after Pochettino chose the 34-year-old as his preferred winner, there was a reaction among the squad. Mbappe and Neymar both have eyes on the individual prize too, which neither have ever won. Pochettino told Diario Sport: “I had a problem saying that Messi should win the Ballon d’Or. “Neymar and Mbappé told me why not them. “In any case, it would be great for any player from Paris to win ...
UCL: Pochettino names PSG’s squad to face RB Leipzig
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UCL: Pochettino names PSG’s squad to face RB Leipzig

Paris Saint-Germain boss, Mauricio Pochettino, has named his side’s squad to face RB Leipzig in tonight’s Champions League fixture in Paris. Pochettino named a 22-man squad to tackle RB Leipzig in a post via the club’s website. PSG head to the game after beating Angers 2-1 in a French Ligue 1 encounter last Friday. The kick-off time for PSG vs Leipzig is 8 pm. Below is PSG’s squad against the German side: 1.Keylor Navas 2.Achraf Hakimi 3.Presnel Kimpembe 5.Marquinhos 6. Marco Verratti 7.Kylian Mbappé 9.Mauro Icardi 15.Danilo Pereira 17.Colin Dagba 18.Georginio Wijnaldum 20.Layvin Kurzawa 21.Ander Herrera 22.Abdou Diallo 23.Julian Draxler 24.Thilo Kehrer 25.Nuno Mendes 27. Idrissa Gueye 28.Eric Junior Dina Ebimbe 30. Leo Messi 39.Nathan Bitumazala 50.Gia...
I thought Messi’s move to PSG was a joke – Pochettino
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I thought Messi’s move to PSG was a joke – Pochettino

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has admitted the club’s sporting director, Leonardo was playing a joke on him, when he informed him that signing Lionel Messi was possible. Messi joined PSG as a free agent on August 10, days after Barcelona confirmed the 34-year-old was leaving. “Leonardo called me and said: ‘The possibility is there. Would you like it or not?’ The good thing is that he called me to ask. I said to myself: ‘Is it a question?’ I thought it was a joke, no? Of course,” Pochettino said. “I told him: ‘Do we have to go and get him? Do I have to drive the van?’ And that is when the negotiation started. From then on Leonardo would call me every night to tell me how the situation was.” Messi, 34, had agreed a new five-year contract with Barca, with his...
Champions League: I’m sorry for celebrating Messi’s goal against Man City – Pochettino
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Champions League: I’m sorry for celebrating Messi’s goal against Man City – Pochettino

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has apologised for celebrating Lionel Messi’s goal against Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday. Pochettino also explained why he was excited after Messi made it 2-0 at the Parc des Princes. He said: “For many years I watched Messi scoring goals, always with the opposite team. “The first (goal) for our side, for my side, well I had to celebrate it, I am sorry!” PSG moved to the top of the group with the win. Idrissa Gueye opened the scoring early in the first half, before Messi produced a moment of magic in the second half. The 34-year-old played a neat one-two with Kylian Mbappe on the edge of the box before curling a first time shot past Ederson. Messi’s goal sparked wild scenes of celebration on the ho...
Champions League: Pochettino under fire for making Messi lay behind free-kick wall
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Champions League: Pochettino under fire for making Messi lay behind free-kick wall

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has said Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, was “disrespectful” for giving Lionel Messi the role of lying behind the defensive wall at free-kicks. Messi finally got on the scoresheet for his new club during a 2-0 win over Manchester City on Tuesday night. But shortly after, the Argentine superstar was seen lying behind the wall during a City free kick. Ferdinand insisted Messi should not be carrying out that duty, and that if he was in the PSG team, he would offer to do it instead. “The moment Pochettino asked him to do this at the training ground, someone should have gone in and said, ‘No, no, no, Lionel Messi doesn’t do that.’ “You can’t do it, it’s disrespectful, I wouldn’t have it. “If I was in that team, I wou...
Champions League: Two Key Players Missing as Pochettino Names PSG’s Squad against Man City
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Champions League: Two Key Players Missing as Pochettino Names PSG’s Squad against Man City

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has named his side’s squad to face Manchester City in today’s UEFA Champions League clash. Pochettino named a 23-man squad to tackle Pep Guardiola’s side in a post via PSG’s website. The former Tottenham Hotspur coach excluded Angel Di Maria and Sergio Ramos from the squad to face Man City. PSG head to the game after beating Montpellier 2-0 in their last fixture. The kick-off time for PSG vs Man City is 8 pm, Nigerian time. Below is PSG’s squad against Man City: 1.Keylor Navas 2.Achraf Hakimi 3.Presnel Kimpembe 5.Marquinhos 6. Marco Verratti 7.Kylian Mbappé 8.Leandro Paredes 9.Mauro Icardi 10.Neymar JR 15.Danilo Pereira 17.Colin Dagba 18.Georginio Wijnaldum 20.Layvin Kurz...
PSG vs Man City: Pochettino speaks on spat between Mbappe, Neymar
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PSG vs Man City: Pochettino speaks on spat between Mbappe, Neymar

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino has poured cold water on claims there is tension between Neymar and Kylian Mbappe ahead of their Champions League clash with Manchester City. Mbappe was visibly angry with Neymar after he was taken off during the second half of their 2-0 victory over Montpellier on Saturday. TV cameras caught Mbappe complaining that his teammate was not passing to him during the Ligue 1 fixture. But both players were pictured smiling together in PSG training on Monday. Pochettino has now insisted the spat was simply a “small incident” which can occur between two driven professionals. “They are fantastic guys. These things happen. There are always things between top players. They are competitors and want to win. “I have spoken to them both...
Messi, others missing as Pochettino names PSG’s squad to face Montpellier
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Messi, others missing as Pochettino names PSG’s squad to face Montpellier

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has named his side’s squad to face Montpellier in the French Ligue 1 fixture on Saturday night. Pochettino named a 22-man squad to tackle Montpellier at the Parc des Princes in a post via PSG’s website. The former Tottenham Hotspur manager excluded Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos from the squad to face the visitors. PSG head to the game following a 2-1 victory over Metz in their last fixture. Below is PSG’s squad against Montpellier; Keylor Navas, Achraf Hakimi, Presnel Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Kylian Mbappé, Leandro Paredes, Mauro Icardi, Neymar Jr, Angel Di Maria, Rafinha, Danilo Pereira, Sergio Rico, Colin Dagba, Georginio Wijnaldum, Ander Herrera, Abdou Diallo, Julian Draxler, Thilo Kehrer, Nuno Mendes, Idrissa Gueye, Eric J...
Fonseca claims disagreement with Paratici over attacking style cost him Tottenham job
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Fonseca claims disagreement with Paratici over attacking style cost him Tottenham job

The Portuguese head coach has revealed just how close he came to landing the top job at Spurs earlier this summer Paulo Fonseca has claimed that a disagreement with Fabio Paratici over his attacking style of football ultimately cost him the managerial job at Tottenham. Spurs embarked on a long search for a new permanent manager after sacking Jose Mourinho back in April, with Gennaro Gattuso and Antonio Conte among those initially approached to replace the Portuguese tactician. The north London outfit even made an approach for former boss Mauricio Pochettino, but after Paris Saint-Germain made it clear they wouldn't sanction his departure, they turned to Fonseca, who at one stage looked certain to take over in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium dugout.  
Messi knee injury gives PSG concern as Argentina star ruled out of Metz game
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Messi knee injury gives PSG concern as Argentina star ruled out of Metz game

The former Barcelona superstar was taken off on his last outing against Lyon, with it confirmed that he is nursing a slight knock Lionel Messi has handed Paris Saint-Germain an untimely injury headache, with the Ligue 1 giants revealing that the Argentine forward has undergone a scan on a knee problem. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner was surprisingly taken off in his latest appearance against Lyon, with Mauricio Pochettino having to fend off plenty of questions as to why the all-time great was withdrawn. There were suggestions at the time that the 34-year-old Argentine had taken a slight knock, with that now confirmed by PSG ahead of their midweek outing against Metz.
Thierry Henry ‘not surprised’ by Messi’s Reaction to being subbed off by Pochettino
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Thierry Henry ‘not surprised’ by Messi’s Reaction to being subbed off by Pochettino

Former Arsenal captain, Thierry Henry, has said he was not surprised by Lionel Messi’s reaction, after he was subbed off during Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-1 win over Lyon. PSG came from behind to defeat their Ligue 1 rivals on Sunday and maintain their 100% record this season. Lucas Paqueta opened the scoring for Lyon in the second half, before Neymar levelled with a controversial penalty. The encounter looked set to end in a draw, until Mauro Icardi headed home a 93rd minute winner for the home side. By that point, Messi’s home debut had been brought to a premature end by Mauricio Pochettino. And the Argentine made clear his disapproval with his 76th minute substitution, refusing to shake hands with Pochettino as he trudged to the bench. Speaking post-game o...
PSG vs Lyon: Why I took off Messi -Pochettino
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PSG vs Lyon: Why I took off Messi -Pochettino

Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino defended his decision to take off Lionel Messi as the former Barcelona man made his home debut in Sunday’s Ligue 1 game against Lyon. Messi was outstanding in the first half at the Parc des Princes but began to fade from the game after the break and was replaced by Achraf Hakimi for the final quarter of an hour with the score 1-1 at the time. PSG won 2-1 with a stoppage-time headed goal by substitute Mauro Icardi. “Everyone knows we have great players, a squad of 35. It is my decision. We can only have 11 players on the field at one time,” Pochettino said. “I only think about the best decision in each game, for each player, just as every coach does. “We are here to make decisions. Sometimes people will be happy with them,...
Messi snubs Pochettino after being subbed off during PSG home debut
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Messi snubs Pochettino after being subbed off during PSG home debut

Lionel Messi refused to shake hands with Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, after being taken off during their game against Lyon on Sunday. The 34-year-old is yet to score for the Ligue 1 side since he arrived as a free agent from Barcelona. Messi only made his first PSG start in Wednesday’s Champions League opener against Club Brugges and the game ended 1-1. Against Lyon, Messi started in a No.10 position with Neymar to his left, Angel Di Maria to his right and Kylian Mbappe leading the line. Shortly after the Argentine hit the crossbar with a 30-yard free kick, PSG were hit by a sucker punch early in the second half. Karl Toko Ekambi raced down the left wing and crossed for Lucas Paqueta to make it 1-0. Neymar equalized shortly after the p...
PSG vs Lyon: Pochettino names strong squad for Ligue 1 clash
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PSG vs Lyon: Pochettino names strong squad for Ligue 1 clash

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has named a strong squad to face Lyon in today’s Ligue 1 fixture. Pochettino named a 22-man squad to tackle Lyon at Parc des Princes in a post via PSG’s website on Sunday morning. The former Tottenham Hotspur coach included Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the squad to face the visitors. PSG head to the game following a 1-1 draw with Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday. The kick-off time for PSG vs Lyon is 7:45 pm, Nigerian time. Below is PSG’s squad against Lyon: Keylor Navas, Achraf Hakimi, Presnel Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Kylian Mbappé, Leandro Paredes, Mauro Icardi, Neymar JR, Angel Di Maria, Rafinha, Danilo Pereira, Sergio Rico, Georginio Wijnaldum, Ander Herrera, Abdou Diallo, Julia...
Champions League: Conte reacts as PSG fail to beat Club Brugge
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Champions League: Conte reacts as PSG fail to beat Club Brugge

Former Inter Milan manager, Antonio Conte, has defended Mauricio Pochettino after Paris Saint-Germain were held to a 1-1 draw by Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday night. The Ligue 1 side took the lead through Ander Herrera, but Hans Vanaken equalized for the hosts. Lionel Messi was making his first start for PSG since leaving Barcelona, but had a quiet game, missing a great chance to win it ahead late on. Former PSG striker, Nicolas Anelka, told French TV: “Brugge were better in terms of intensity, the midfield battle, shots on target, in every area, so congratulations to them.
Champions League: Pochettino names Club that will Challenge PSG for trophy this season
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Champions League: Pochettino names Club that will Challenge PSG for trophy this season

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has said Champions League holders Chelsea are the “team to beat” in the competition this season. Thomas Tuchel’s men began defence of their title with a 1-0 win over home to Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday. PSG travel to Club Brugge in Group A on Wednesday. Pochettino’s men are tipped as one of the favourites to win the Champions League after the arrival of Lionel Messi. But Pochettino said Chelsea’s spending makes them the most dangerous team. “It’s possible that Chelsea and ourselves are the two teams to beat on paper, looking at our squads. “But Chelsea are the holders so they’re the team to beat especially after strengthening their squad,” Pochettino told a news conference on Tuesday,” he said. Chelse...
PSG vs Club Brugge: Pochettino excited Messi, Neymar, Mbappe will play
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PSG vs Club Brugge: Pochettino excited Messi, Neymar, Mbappe will play

Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino hinted on Tuesday that new signing Lionel Messi would line up for the first time alongside Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in his side’s Champions League opener against Club Brugge. The Argentine, who left Barcelona on a free transfer in the summer, has yet to appear for the French side alongside the two other big-name stars and Pochettino is hungry to share the excitement of the PSG fans. “Messi, Neymar and Mbappe, together? I join this collective excitement, I’m like everyone else, I would be crazy not to want to see them play together,” Pochettino told a press conference ahead of Wednesday’s game. “Will we see them together tomorrow? Maybe, yes…” In more than a month Messi since he joined the club, Messi has been seen in a PSG jer...
Messi sees PSG home debut delayed as Neymar is also ruled out of Pochettino’s plans
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Messi sees PSG home debut delayed as Neymar is also ruled out of Pochettino’s plans

  An Argentine superstar will not get to grace Parc des Princes on Saturday, with South American stars sitting out a meeting with Clermont Lionel Messi has seen a home debut for Paris Saint-Germain delayed, with Neymar also being ruled out of Mauricio Pochettino's plans for a meeting with Clermont on Saturday. An Argentine superstar has seen just 24 minutes of game time since securing a switch to Parc des Princes from Barcelona over the summer, with that solitary outing coming on the road at Reims. Messi has been away on World Cup qualifying duty since then, breaking Pele's record as the top-scoring South American in men's international football, and only saw those endeavours come to a close on Thursday evening.      

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