Manchester United have been warned that Mauricio Pochettino may still consider the Barcelona job despite rejecting the La Liga giants twice in the past. Pochettino is widely regarded as the top candidate to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if United were to sack their Norwegian manager.
Pochettino has been out of work since being sacked by Tottenham in November 2019.
Earlier this month, the Argentine confirmed he was ready to return to management.
Pochettino has been linked with the Barca job in the past but it was thought his allegiance to city rivals Espanyol would prevent him from accepting the Nou Camp post.
He made over 300 appearances in two separate spells as a player at Espanyol and also managed the club for three years between 2009 and 2012.
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But the Evening Standard claim the 48-year-old is not entirely against becoming Barca boss in the future.
The report says Pochettino rejected Barca in January this year, following the departure of Ernesto Valverde, and more recently in August when Quique Setien was sacked.
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But the reason for the rejection was more because Pochettino did not consider the timing or the current situation at Barca to be right for him, rather than how he previously stated he would never manage the Catalan club.
In fact, the Standard says Pochettino now regrets saying that managing Barca is something he would never do.
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The news could impact United’s chances of appointing Pochettino.
Despite reports the Red Devils spoke to the Argentine in the week leading up to the 3-1 win over Everton earlier this month, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has stated his full confidence in current boss Solskjaer.
That is despite United sitting 14th in the Premier League table ahead of the resumption of domestic football this weekend.
Barcelona, meanwhile, are eighth in La Liga and are currently without a full-time president and board of directors following the resignation of Josep Maria Bartomeu in October.
Woodward should be aware that the appointment of a new president could lead to manager Ronald Koeman being replaced, either immediately or at the end of the season.
Pochettino could then be in line to take over at the Nou Camp, if he is the profile of manager the new president wants.
So Woodward and United may have to act fast or risk missing out on their first-choice target.
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