Mauricio Pochettino is a ‘big’ admirer of Manchester United forward

Mauricio Pochettino is a 'big' admirer of Manchester United forward

Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino is a ‘big’ admirer of Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford, according to reports.

Rashford may have not hit the stride this season but he remains one of the most admired young forwards in Europe.

Last two seasons, several reports linked him with a £100million move to Barcelona in a bid to link up alongside Lionel Messi.

He has also been linked with a move to Real Madrid and now, The Times‘ journalist Paul Hirst has linked him with a move to PSG.

The journalist claimed that Mauricio Pochettino, who is a candidate to become United’s next manager at the end of the season, rates the Manchester United forward highly and would have come knocking for his services had Kylian Mbappe joined Real Madrid last year.

He also held that PSG put up a shortlist of possible replacements for Mbappe when Real came knocking for the France star, and Marcus Rashford was at the top of the list.

The England international has struggled to bounce back to his best this season despite playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in the attack.

Rashford put out a drab performance against Aston Villa on Monday night in the FA Cup and Ralf Rangnick admitted that he doesn’t know the reason behind the striker’s poor form.

“Actually I don’t know,” Rangnick said when he was asked of the 24-year-old’s form.

“He’s trying hard, he’s in training, he was doing really well in the last couple of days, that’s why he was quite rightly in the starting XI.

Mauricio Pochettino is a big admirer of Marcus Rashford
Mauricio Pochettino is a big admirer of Marcus Rashford

“I think in the first-half we found him [Marcus Rashford] quite often, we also tried to get him into the box, in the second-half that was not often the case and that’s why at the end of the game I decided to make two changes with Anthony Elanga and Jesse Lingard.

“It’s important that they score goals on and off, that there are moments of success, of course, it would be good for Marcus [Rashford] if he could score a goal but as long as he is trying, as long as he is training well I don’t see much of a problem.”

Manchester United will return to action on January 15 when they play visitors to Aston Villa in the Premier League.