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Manchester United manager Mourinho remains under pressure at Old Trafford, with links to Pochettino intensifying in the wake of their 3-1 derby defeat to Manchester City.
Mourinho looked set to be sacked at the start of October but, the City loss aside, has overseen the Red Devils’ resurgence in recent times.
On Tuesday, the Sun claimed that United chiefs were eyeing Pochettino to replace Mourinho should the club miss out on the top four.
Back in 2014, they sacked David Moyes after just 10 months after the Scot had failed to steer them to a place in the Champions League.
And it was a similar story two years later, with the board axing Louis van Gaal despite him steering the club to the FA Cup title.
The Manchester Evening News’ Ciaran Kelly believes United are willing to stand by Mourinho for now.
But he also claims that Pochettino has his admirers over at Old Trafford.
“First thing’s first: Jose Mourinho retains the full backing of the United board but if we are looking at eventual successors, it is hardly a secret that Mauricio Pochettino has plenty of admirers at Old Trafford,” he told the MEN when asked whether United would like to appoint Pochettino at some point.
“But this one looks really complicated compared to, say, 2014 when United plumped for the experience of Louis van Gaal rather than taking a punt on the Argentine.
“It is at the stage now where it would take a world-record fee to buy the manager out of his Spurs contract, which he only signed last summer.
“Pochettino has talked of ‘long-term, sustainable success’ at Spurs at their new stadium, when they eventually move in, and will have been in the dug out nine years if he sees his deal out.
“I know his failure to not win a trophy brings back memories of David Moyes, but that is not a concern for me.
“A modern manager can immediately make his mark- just look at what Maurizio Sarri has done at Chelsea after never previously winning silverware.”
Kelly was also asked if Mourinho would survive should he miss out on Champions League football.
And, on that matter, the MEN journalist said: “That is obviously what matters to the Glazers and they have not shied away from paying off the remaining years of managers’ contracts if that minimum objective is not met.
“David Moyes and Louis van Gaal only lost their jobs when it was mathematically impossible for United to qualify for the Champions League.
“Eager to avoid that situation happening again, United spent big in the summer of 2014 and 2016.
“As it stands now, seven points is not an insurmountable gap – club chiefs will not be panicking – but already you feel United can’t afford to drop many more points this year.
“Mourinho has said United will be in a different place come the end of the year and it is hard to argue with him when games against Crystal Palace, Southampton, Fulham, Cardiff, Huddersfield and Bournemouth make up six of their next eight league matches.
“The caveat being that United’s attitude has not always been right from the off against teams they have been expected to beat this season.
“That has to change.”