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Man United handed huge incentive to complete £10m Mauricio Pochettino deal before Arsenal clash

Mauricio Pochettino could be the next Manchester United manager.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils – who parted company with Ole Gunnar Solskjear at the weekend – are confident of hiring the former Tottenham Hotspur boss.

This is despite the Argentine currently being in charge of Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.

As revealed on Monday evening, Pochettino is keen on returning to the Premier League and joining United straight away – rather than wait until the end of the season – and it’s understood that PSG are now demanding a £10m compensation fee in order for this deal to go through.

It must be pointed out that United are yet to make an official approach for Pochettino, but if they are able to meet PSG’s demands then their stance could change.

In the club’s official statement when announcing Solskjaer’s exit, it was revealed that Michael Carrick would be taking charge of the forthcoming games as they look to appoint an interim manager for the remainder of the season before naming a permanent manager in the summer.

But with Pochettino willing to leave PSG mid-season, the United board could perform a u-turn and attempt to recruit the Argentine tactician now rather than in six months’ time.

And if they do deviate from the original plan and speed up the process, then there’s a chance that Pochettino will re-ignite an old battle in his first home game in charge.

Arsenal travel to Manchester on Thursday 2nd December in a bid to pile on even more misery for the Old Trafford faithful.

United’s last two home games haven’t gone to plan, with a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool and being outclassed by Manchester City not going down well amongst supporters.

In fact, their form at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ in the Premier League this season has been poor, with just two wins from six matches.

If United are to get back into title contention – whether it be this campaign or next – they’ll need to turn Old Trafford back into the fortress it once was during Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign.

In the short term, ending the rot at home will be at the top of United’s list as a third straight defeat would be deemed unacceptable.

This is where appointing Pochettino could be great news for Man United fans, but bad news for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta, ahead of their visit to Old Trafford on December 2.

Having first arrived in English football in 2013, the 49-year-old has managed against the Gunners numerous times – 15 overall across all competitions – with Southampton and then Spurs.

And perhaps worryingly for Arteta, Pochettino has never lost a home game to Arsenal in six Premier League attempts, winning half of them.