Ralf Rangnick praises reaction of Man Utd after Burnley win
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Manchester United could deprive Thomas Tuchel of Conor Gallagher next season if they land Mauricio Pochettino as their next manager. United are on the lookout for a manager to replace interim boss Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season and they have been strongly linked with Paris Saint-Germain’s Pochettino.
Pochettino has been on the radar at Old Trafford for some time, with Sir Alex Ferguson a big fan of the Argentine coach.
The former Tottenham manager remains in place at PSG for the time being, but he is interested in taking the United job in the summer, according to the Daily Mail.
Should that eventuality come to pass then he is sure to have a say on transfer activity at Old Trafford over the summer.
One name he could put forward is Gallagher, who has impressed hugely on loan with Crystal Palace from Chelsea this season.
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According to The Sun, Pochettino is a fan of the 21-year-old central midfielder, who has six goals and three assists in 17 Premier League games this campaign.
PSG are reportedly weighing up a £50million bid for the England international, although any January move would be complicated by the fact he’s on loan from Chelsea.
Chelsea have made it clear that they will not recall Gallagher in January and are happy for him to continue his development at Selhurst Park.
It seems more likely, therefore, that Gallagher’s long-term future will be decided once the 2021/22 season has reached its conclusion.
Chelsea could fight tooth and nail to keep hold of their academy graduate, with Tuchel impressed with what he’s seen from the midfielder.
“I am not surprised the national coach loves him because I loved him from day one,” Tuchel said in November.
“Humble, nice, smile on his face and all the time ready to give everything, want to learn and improve.”
He added: “As a team-mate I would have loved to play with him. It is a pleasure to know him; I am super happy that it has worked out so well. He needs to keep his feet on the ground.”
Yet keeping him at Stamford Bridge could prove difficult, especially if Pochettino finally makes the long-touted move to United.
After splashing the cash to bring in Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer, United are targeting a central midfielder in 2022.
United lack depth in the middle of the park and Gallagher could be a good addition to a squad that currently relies on Scott McTominay and Fred in the position.
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