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Pochettino to leave PSG this summer amid Manchester United links

Mauricio Pochettino will not survive as Paris Saint-Germain’s manager beyond this summer, according to journalist Hadrien Grenier.

PSG suffered a shock loss against Nice in the French Cup final, which has fuelled Pohettino’s exit talks.

The Argentine manager has been criticised for not creating a clear identity at PSG and relying on big players.

There were also reports of Pochettino’s fall out with superstars like Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

The Argentine manager replaced Thomas Tuchel as Les Parisiens’ manager in January 2021 but failed to defend the Ligue 1 title last season, losing to dark horses Lille.

However, PSG did win the Coupe de France and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, beating Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the process.

The expectations are sky-high this term after PSG enjoyed a blockbuster transfer window last summer, signing Messi, Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georginio Wijnaldum and Nuno Mendes.

Although Les Parisiens are in pole position to reclaim the Ligue 1 crown, there are doubts over their chances in the Champions League.

Pochettino’s job relies on winning the UCL title, but he has to overcome Real Madrid in the round of 16 this month.

The former Tottenham Hotspur boss was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal. However, the Red Devils went with Ralf Rangnick.

Man Utd are reportedly looking to appoint a permanent manager this summer, with Pochettino’s name still high on their wishlist.

Ajax manager Erik ten Hag is another target for the Red Devils, although he is currently tied to a contract with the Eredivisie giants until 2023.

PSG have identified Zinedine Zidane as their next managerial target if Pochettino departs.

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