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Manchester United have supposedly earmarked Pochettino as their No 1 choice to replace Jose Mourinho, who is under pressure to turn things around at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have endured a nightmare start to the new Premier League season and, approaching the halfway stage, sit eighth in the table.
As a result, Manchester United fans and owners are beginning to lose patience. While Mourinho has been spared vitriol from the supporters, the mood around the place is low.
The Sun have claimed they want Pochettino to become Mourinho’s replacement.
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The Argentine’s stock has risen during his four years in north London.
And, despite not having won any silverware during his time at Tottenham, he is seen as the ideal replacement to take over.
Real Madrid would also love to appoint Pochettino with club president Florentino Perez’s admiration for the Spurs manager well-documented.
However, the Sun say United believe they are in pole position to win the race for the 46-year-old.
And that is because they feel they can pitch the job in a far more attractive way.
Mauricio Pochettino career as manager and player
Newell’s Old Boys (player) 1988-1994.
Espanyol (player) 1994-2000.
PSG (player) 2000 to 2003.
Bordeaux (player) 2003-2004.
Espanyol (player) 2004-2006.
Espanyol (manager) 2009-2012.
Southampton (manager) 2012-2014.
United are willing to pay £40million to make Pochettino their new manager.
But whether he chooses to leave Tottenham for Old Trafford is something only time will tell.
Pochettino has already been endorsed for the job by United legend Gary Neville.
As far back in May, before the club’s form under Mourinho took a nosedive, the Red Devils icon was full of praise for the Tottenham manager.
“Pochettino is doing a terrific job,” Neville said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
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Mauricio Pochettino – Tottenham.
Zinedine Zidane – Out of work since leaving Real Madrid.
Antonio Conte – Out of work since being sacked by Chelsea.
Leonardo Jardim – Out of work since leaving Monaco earlier this season.
Ryan Giggs – Wales.
“You give a manager money, and he will win the league more times than not.
“They’re [Spurs] up against it from the start. They’re outperforming and over-achieving season after season and Pochettino is keeping the wolves away from Daniel Levy’s door with the job he is doing.
“The one thing in would say: When Jose Mourinho leaves Manchester United, this is the guy who I would want to manage my football club. He deserves it.
“It’s probably the same for PSG [Paris Saint-Germain] and Real Madrid. And Daniel Levy knows that.
“That’s what’s coming for Tottenham in the next 12 months and it’s a big problem for them because he is extracting the maximum from very limited resources.”