Mauricio Pochettino ‘ready to leave’ PSG, Brendan Rodgers next manager latest, Villarreal build-up


Manchester United take on Villarreal in the Champions League tonight at the Madrigal.

This marks United’s first match following former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal and so Michael Carrick has been placed in charge for the time being.

Carrick will be without Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw and Raphael Varane, who are sidelined with a tendon, thigh, head and hamstring injury respectively.

Mason Greenwood is also unavailable as he recently tested positive for coronavirus.

Villarreal manager Unai Emery, on the other hand, will again be without the services of star player Gerard Moreno due to a hamstring injury.

Former Tottenham ace Serge Aurier also won’t feature as he is ineligible for the Champions League.

The Yellow Submarine may have to make a late call on the fitness of Arnaut Danjuma and Etienne Capoue.

But there is confidence that both Danjuma and Capoue will pass fit for the big match at the Madrigal.

Meanwhile, the search for United’s next permanent manager continues after Solskjaer’s dismissal.

Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino is open to taking over at Old Trafford.

That is according to Manchester Evening News, who also claim that Pochettino is prepared to join United mid-season.

The same report claims the Argentine head coach always had the ambition of managing the Red Devils.

The former Tottenham boss was the board’s first choice to replace Jose Mourinho in 2018 but Solskjaer impressed them during his stint as caretaker manager.

And Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has been contacted by United, according to SunSport’s Neil Custis.

The Red Devils are also prepared to pay £8million in compensation to the Foxes for Rodgers.

The former Liverpool boss has a clause in his contract letting him speak to certain clubs if they come knocking — and the Manchester giants are among them.

Solskjaer was sacked on Sunday morning following a poor start to the season.

But Zinedine Zidane is not interested in becoming the next United manager.

That is according to BBC Sport, who report that Zidane is not keen on the top job at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils have reportedly made contact with the ex-Real Madrid boss, who is currently a free agent.

The French head coach experienced tremendous success at Real as he won two LaLiga titles and three consecutive Champions League trophies.

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