Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed suggestions that rumours linking him with the vacant job at Manchester United impacted his Paris Saint-Germain side as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday.
Kylian Mbappe gave the French side the lead shortly after half-time, only for goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus to fire City to the win, securing them top spot in their group as a result.
Despite taking the lead, PSG were second-best throughout, but Pochettino was adamant that news stories linking him with an exit were not behind that disjointed performance.
“The players know very well the situation – we are living in a business in which rumours are there, sometimes negative, sometimes positive,” he said (via Sky Sports News). “That is what we say about the rumours.”
United remain open to the idea of hiring Pochettino now, having accepted that the Argentine is their preferred target to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but PSG are reluctant to lose their boss midway through the season.