Arsenal ended up losing to Chelsea with Emery sacked in November 2019. After taking the rest of the season off, Emery returned to management with Villarreal and he soon began to make an impact at the La Liga side.
He led Villarreal to their first European final in the Europa League after beating former club Arsenal and Emery led the Spanish side to glory after defeating Manchester United on penalties. That was United’s first European final since winning the Europa League in 2017 and they only managed the Champions League round-of-16 stage this campaign.
Pochettino has strong pedigree in Europe’s elite competition having previously led Tottenham to their first Champions League final in 2019. While Pochettino has failed to so far deliver the coveted European crown at PSG, he remains one of the most highly-rated coaches in world football.
And given the track record of previous PSG managers in Europe, United may get exactly what they want in hiring the Argentine. This will be the fifth season United have gone without winning a piece of silverware – their longest run without a trophy since the 1980s.
Ten Hag may be the No 1 choice for the moment due to his success at Ajax, but Pochettino could be the obvious choice if United are chasing trophies in the immediate future.