Mauricio Pochettino to Man United latest as Erik ten Hag outcome nears

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of World XI acknowledges the fans prior to Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2024 at Stamford Bridge on June 09, 2024 in London, England.
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Manchester United are unlikely to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager if Erik ten Hag departs, according to reports.

Over the weekend, it was reported that former Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel had been involved in a meeting with INEOS chiefs and Sir Jim Ratcliffe. However, as per Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Tuchel has been ruled out of the running with the ex-Chelsea manager set to take a break from management.

With Ten Hag's future having been uncertain for some time, Tuchel was linked as one of the options to replace him after his tenure at Bayern was confirmed as ending back in February. The likes of Roberto De Zerbi, Graham Potter, Gareth Southgate had all been linked as other options with recently-departed Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino added to that list.

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Just a few days following the end of the 2023/24 campaign, the Blues confirmed Pochettino's departure and very quickly his name became associated with United however he does not look set to take charge. According to The Telegraph, the former Tottenham boss is unlikely to be appointed if Ten Hag does eventually depart.

A final decision on the Dutchman's future is expected soon. In the meantime, United have continued to be linked with players ahead of the summer transfer window opening in under one week.

Everton's Jarrad Branthwaite, Benfica starlet Joao Neves and Benjamin Sesko of RB Leipzig are three names of interest to those at Old Trafford. While Neves and Sesko will be busy for the next few weeks at the European championships, Branthwaite's England omission could be a boost for United with talks over a potential move able to take place imminently.

Sanctioning exits will also be a priority for United with Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood and Donny van de Beek among the returning loanees expected to depart permanently. Casemiro, Victor Lindelof and even Marcus Rashford could join Raphael Varane as marquee senior players to be moved on.