Mauricio Pochettino could be poached for new job before Man Utd make move

Athletic Bilbao are reportedly lining up Mauricio Pochettino as their next manager, potentially scuppering Manchester United’s plans.

The Red Devils have often been linked with a move for former Tottenham manager Pochettino with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under immense pressure at Old Trafford.

United had lost back-to-back matches before a win over Everton at the weekend eased some pressure ahead of the international break.

Pochettino has been out of work since leaving Tottenham last winter, though has also been linked with a potential role at Real Madrid.

Though Spanish outlet Marca claim Athletic Bilbao have range of ambitious candidates in mind should they show Gaizka Garitano the door.

It’s reported that Garitano is hanging by a thread at the La Liga club with Bilbao having lost five of their first eight matches.

Former Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde and ex-Valencia manager Marcelino are also believed to be under consideration by Bilbao.

Pochettino insisted earlier this month that he is ready to return to the dugout after almost a year away.

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“I am always ready to go again and be involved in the game,” Pochettino said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.

“It’s not stress when you are working, it’s not [a] stress going into the training round to prepare the match and to compete.

“I hope to go back soon so we can start again to work. I am looking forward to being back in the game. I love this game but it’s difficult. We are inside and working on doing things. That’s the reality.

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"But it’s not the same as being involved every single day and to share with your players and your staff. Always of course you miss that. That is the reality.

“I am not going to close any door. I learnt when I really really young that football will dictate the way.

“I am waiting to feel which is the right project for us to take.”

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