Three key reasons why Mauricio Pochettino is prepared to take Man Utd job now

Mauricio Pochettino is ready to leave Paris Saint-Germain for the Manchester United job right now, though it remains to be seen if the club are willing to pay his enormous compensation fee.

The Red Devils suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat against relegation contenders Watford on Saturday, their fifth defeat in seven Premier League games, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked the following day.

First-team coach Michael Carrick has been placed in charge on a temporary basis while United’s hierarchy look to bring in either a permanent manager or an interim boss.

The latter option was being explored if they were forced to wait until the summer to land one of their top options, with Pochettino initially expected to remain in Paris until the end of the season.

But friends of the Argentine believe he would be willing to swap clubs mid-campaign if United come calling, with The Independent suggesting there are three key reasons behind his decision.

Firstly, Pochettino has missed out on the United job twice before and does not want to be overlooked for a third time, fearing that waiting until the summer could damage his chances.

The former Tottenham boss opted to remain in north London when Jose Mourinho was sacked by United, with the club deciding to hand caretaker boss Solskjaer a permanent deal, while he was also overlooked last October when United were underperforming under the Norwegian.

Secondly, Pochettino has struggled to adapt to life back in France with his family remaining in the UK, and he has been living out of a hotel in Paris.

The prospect of returning to the Premier League greatly appeals to him and has been cemented further by the toxicity of French football at the moment, with a number of Ligue 1 matches disrupted by fan violence this season and Pochettino himself coming in for undue abuse.

Finally, Pochettino is not enamoured with his lack of say over transfers and the makeup of his squad, with a number of PSG’s recruitment decisions over the summer creating problems for the manager, and he would be able to wield more control at United.

For now, the 49-year-old will not actively force an exit from PSG and the onus will be on United to pay out his enormous contract, which could cost over four times the £8m release clause in Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester contract.

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