Mauricio Pochettino's chances of becoming the next Manchester United manager have taken a hit following recent reports that Lionel Messi is unhappy with his boss at Paris Saint Germain.
According to L'Equipe, the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner is unimpressed by Pochettino's tactics and thinks he's a soft touch in the dressing room.
He's grown frustrated by PSG's 'restrictive' approach in games and many of the senior players are losing respect for the 49-year-old.
Pochettino is the favourite to take over at Old Trafford in the summer but United could reconsider the move in light of reports coming from Messi's camp – potentially opening the door for interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
The German, who oversaw his first game as Red Devils manager against Crystal Palace on Sunday, will only be in charge until June, but has agreed to a consultancy role with the club for a further two years and will have a say in who replaces him in the Old Trafford hot seat.
As such, he hinted on Friday that he could stay on as United boss beyond the end of the season if he decided to recommend himself for the job.
While Rangnick may not have the same Premier League pedigree as Pochettino, he's never been accused of being soft and has been heralded as one of the finest tactical minds of his generation.
United may be long-term admirers of Pochettino, but problems at PSG persist, Rangnick has a good chance of giving the Argentine a run for his money in the summer, particularly if he ends the season strongly.
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Since joining PSG in January, Pochettino has struggled to incite the same magic he conjured so easily at Spurs.
The club finished second behind Lille in Ligue 1 last season, and despite being 11 points clear in the current campaign, things haven't really clicked for the French giants yet.
High-profile summer arrivals including Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Gini Wijnaldum have failed to hit the ground running, and while the squad isn't perfectly balanced, many thought Pochettino would've been getting more out of such a star-studded group thus far.
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