Former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has emerged as a candidate to take over as interim manager at Manchester United, with Mauricio Pochettino refusing to be drawn on reports linking him with Old Trafford.
The PA news agency understands United remain focused on finding an interim boss to take charge for the rest of the season and Valverde is one of several coaches under consideration for the role.
The 57-year-old won two La Liga titles during a two-and-a-half-year spell in charge of Barca.
Valverde, who was previously in charge at Athletic Bilbao, has been without a club since leaving the Nou Camp in January 2020.
United plan to name a long-term replacement for the sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer next summer, with Pochettino on their radar as a potential permanent boss.
Although there has been criticism of United's convoluted process - naming Michael Carrick as caretaker, then seeking an interim manager before making a permanent appointment next summer - club officials believe that approach offers the best chance of finding the right man.
Pochettino was in Manchester on Tuesday as his Paris Saint-Germain side prepared for Wednesday's Champions League clash against City.
Inevitably, the former Tottenham manager was questioned about his future as he held his pre-match press conference at the Etihad Stadium, but he would not comment on "rumours" and insisted he was happy in the French capital.
"We are in a business that the rumours are there, I completely understand what is going on - sometimes in a positive way and sometimes in a negative way," the 49-year-old Argentine said.
"This type of thing cannot distract. They are rumours. Rumours are there and we need to live with that.
"That is the football that we are living."
Pochettino was sacked by Spurs in 2019 but returned to the game as manager of PSG, where he spent two years as a player, in January.
"My contract is 2023, this season and one season more. I don't say nothing different. I'm really happy at Paris St Germain - that's a fact. I'm happy in Paris" he said.
Australian Associated Press