Thierry Henry Says He Doesn’t Think Mauricio Pochettino Or Zinedine Zidane Will Become The Next Manchester United Manager
The Argentine, who is currently in charge of Paris Saint Germain, is the favourite to take the reins at Old Trafford following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over the weekend.
United have been admirers of Pochettino for some time, and are working hard to convince him to take over at the club.
It’s understood that prising him away from PSG mid-season will be tricky and quite expensive, so United are now in the market for an interim manager to navigate the club through the rest of the season until Pochettino is available in the summer.
Reports suggest the former Tottenham Hotspur boss isn’t happy in Paris and is keen on a return to the Premier League, but Henry says he has his doubts.
The Frenchman claims a move to Old Trafford would be a “headache” for Pochettino and says he expects the 49-year-old to stick it out at the Parc des Princes.
“I don’t know if they can get him,” Henry said on CBS Sports.
“When you are the coach of a team like Paris Saint-Germain you would like to see it out.
“But then also if you go to Man United you’re almost going into another type of headache to try to find a way to balance it out, because that is what he’s trying to do right now with Paris Saint-Germain.
“I don’t think that he will go, personally.”
PSG are already 11 points clear in Ligue 1 but are yet to really truly impress anyone as Pochettino struggles to get the best out of a side bloated with attacking options.
Lionel Messi’s arrival may have been box-office, but by joining a front three with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe the side is now unbalanced, something all too evident during PSG’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday.
If Man United fail to land Pochettino, they could turn their attention either to Ajax boss Erik ten Hag or Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers.
Zinedine Zidane has already reportedly turned down the chance to join the Red Devils due to his reluctance to work in England, and Henry claims his former teammate has one eye on the French national team job.
“Zidane going to United? I don’t think he would be interested in that now,” Henry said.
“Why? Because in the back of my head I’m thinking that maybe he’s waiting for the national team job.
“I think he has that in the back of his mind.”