Manchester United could not lure Mauricio Pochettino to the club mid-season, but all hope is not lost in terms of their interest in the Paris Saint-Germain manager.

Following the decision to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday, United have settled on Ralf Rangnick as their interim manager, with the highly-respected German overseeing matters until the summer, when he will move into a consultancy role.

United, sticking to the statement they published to confirm Solskjaer's exit, now appear to have a long-term plan.

However, for a moment it looked like that statement would be immediately contradicted, given how were encouraged by the understanding that Pochettino might have been prepared to leave the French capital and make the switch to Old Trafford mid-season, meaning an interim coach may not have been necessary.

However, as reported by MEN Sport , the club's first move for the former Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur chief was swiftly rejected. Although PSG and 'Poch' remains a fairly unhappy marriage, there was doubt over whether Zinedine Zidane would come in, in November, and there was a giant stand-off in the giant.

Nevertheless, Pochettino is understood to be keen on returning to England at some stage, given his admiration for the club and Sir Alex Ferguson in particular.

If Pochettino was to leave PSG and join United in the summer, the decision may surprise former Reds manager Jose Mourinho. That is because the Portuguese chief, who is now at Italian giants Roma, aimed a sly dig at the Argentinian ahead of the summer transfer window closing back in August.

The window was close to slamming shut and Mourinho was asked if he was happy with the business he had conducted, and if any other moves could happen before the window closed.

The Roma boss insisted anything was possible, suggesting that there would be no manager in the world that would be 100 per cent satisfied with their squad, except for Pochettino.

Mourinho was referencing PSG's remarkable summer recruitment drive that saw them bring in the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georginio Wijnaldum and Achraf Hakimi to strengthen their squad. The former United boss implied that Pochettino, with a squad of such talent, may be the only coach completely satisfied with his options.

Speaking back in August, as quoted by the Mirror, the former United manager said: "When I say anything can happen in the market, I mean the door can swing both for entrances and exits, although it’s more likely to be an exit at this point.

"Do you know of any coach that is completely satisfied with his squad? Maybe Pochettino, but nobody else."

While there is no dispute that Pochettino is blessed to be able to pick from one of the greatest squads in club football, with his team packed to the rafters with exciting and unpredictable talent, if he was to leave the club and join United, Mourinho could be seen as being proven very wrong.

To leave a squad of such talent, featuring the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Messi, it would show just how much Pochettino wants to manage United. And although he hasn't moved mid-season, all eyes will be on the summer.

And even if, say, Mbappe leaves PSG at the end of the season, not many managers would probably be prepared to leave a squad of PSG's talent for a United side who have been struggling.

So United could count themselves lucky if they do eventually get Pochettino, even if they're made to wait for him.

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