Erik Ten Hag: Gary Neville explains Manchester United decision to overlook Mauricio Pochettino

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Gary Neville believes Mauricio Pochettino was overlooked for the Manchester United job due to Paris Saint-Germain’s collapse in the Champions League.

United formally announced Ten Hag’s appointment at the end of the season with current interim boss Ralf Rangnick due to continue in a consultancy role.

Former Tottenham manager Pochettino had long been linked with the job and has been touted to leave the French capital at the end of the season following a failure to get the most out of his star-studded squad.

Whether or not it is as simple as being able to coach good players into a coherent team is up for debate, although the farcical manner in which PSG were knocked out by Real Madrid in the round-of-16 saw the club’s fans protest against their current model.

Although Pochettino wasn’t in charge for the entirety of last season, the Argentina also failed to capture the Ligue 1 title, something PSG have routinely been able to do since the Qatari takeover in 2011.

"I think Pochettino has been the outstanding choice for a number of years.

"But losing in the Champions League this season and not winning the French league last season has cost Mauricio.

"The mood music, what would be the current moment, is absolutely key. Erik ten Hag is the man of the moment, the overwhelming choice I think of the fans as well, and the club has determined he is the right man to take the club forward."

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