Pochettino’s PSG qualify and prepare for potential Manchester United clash

Mauricio Pochettino’s Paris Saint-Germain lost 2-1 to Manchester City on Wednesday night.

Pochettino had a good record against City as Tottenham boss, knocking them out of the competition in 2019, but couldn’t work his magic with PSG.

The French team had taken the advantage thanks to Kylian Mbappe, before conceding twice to lose the match.

The defeat came amid rumors linking Pochettino to Manchester United manager. The Telegraph insists he remains the primary target and denies that an approach has ever been made.

Despite the defeat, PSG are in the knockout stages of the Champions League. Disturbingly, as the group’s finalist.

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United confrontation seems inevitable

Manchester United are the group winners and PSG are one of the teams United could be drawn against.

Other potential opponents include Sporting, and possibly Barcelona, ​​Juventus, Porto, Salzburg or Inter Milan.

But there is no doubt that United against PSG would be the headline regardless of which side Pochettino manages.

United have a history with PSG, knocking out the French side from the competition at the same stadium in 2019, before trading group stage wins in 2020.

A game against PSG this time around would either see Pochettino manage the French squad against an interim boss (and hurt his case if he loses), or see him in the United dugout, possibly facing Zinedine Zidane.

The chances of the two teams meeting at a later stage are also a possibility, although a tie is avoided in the round of 16.

The Pochettino issue is such a talking point that it overshadows the other headline between the two teams if we are drawn against each other, a titanic battle between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Ronaldo and Messi have faced each other in the Champions League before, recently in the group stage when the former was at Juventus.

If the pair were to take on United and PSG it would feel fresh and could be the last time they did.

The only question will be who will be led by Pochettino, if it will be Messi or Ronaldo?

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