Manchester United fans were delighted with the latest development surrounding their search to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s replacement.

The Norwegian was sacked on Sunday following United’s dismal 4-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday.

As a result, Michael Carrick was handed the duty to take over on a temporary basis for the must-win Champions League clash against Villarreal before the visit to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.

But today Manchester Evening News understands that Manchester United is confident of hiring Mauricio Pochettino as their next permanent manager.

The Argentine is currently in charge of Paris Saint Germain after taking over in January following the departure of Thomas Tuchel but couldn’t steer the Parisiens to Ligue 1 glory as they had to settle for a French Cup double.

But it is understood that in order to pry him away from the Parc des Princes, United will have to spend €10m in compensation.

Pochettino was relieved of his duties at Tottenham Hotspur in November 2019 as they started poorly in the Premier League but during his time in North London, he led Spurs to the Champions League and cemented their place in Europe with multiple top-four finishes and were beaten to the Premier League title by Chelsea in 2017 by seven points.

Despite their second-place finish in the French league last season behind title-winners Lille, they have romped to the top of the league this campaign with 12 wins out of a possible 14, leading the way by nine points.

Manchester United’s fans were delighted with the news that they had moved a step closer to replacing Solskjaer.

Although, some fans were skeptical and not entirely keen on the news of the potential appointment.

In recent weeks following the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool, there was constant speculation over Solskjaer’s future which saw Antonio Conte linked with the post – prior to succeeding Nuno Espirito Santo in North London – as well as Erik ten Hag, Zinedine Zidane, and Brendan Rodgers.

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