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Manchester United have spoken to representatives of Mauricio Pochettino.

Manchester United have spoken to representatives of Mauricio Pochettino

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Just when it looked like Manchester United were about to turn to Jose Mourinho, there’s been an unexpected twist.

According to The Sun, United chiefs have spoken to representatives of Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino about the prospect of replacing Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford next season.

The report states that United regard Pochettino, who made a huge impact at Southampton for a season before joining Spurs in 2014, as a man who could lead the team long-term and deliver trophies as well as entertaining football.

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However, securing Pochettino’s services would be far from straightforward.

The Argentine coach is contracted to Tottenham until 2019 and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would demand as much as £20 million in compensation to let the north London outfit’s current manager leave.

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Pochettino calmer than Mourinho and focuses on youth

United are impressed with the way Pochettino has nurtured young players during his time at White Hart Lane - including the likes of Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Harry Kane - and acknowledge the fact that he’s less confrontational and calmer than the volatile Mourinho.

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Pochettino has it good at Tottenham

But would Pochettino be tempted by the chance to join Manchester United?

The opportunity to manage at Old Trafford would appeal to the majority of ambitious coaches in world football, but Pochettino is building something special at White Hart Lane.

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Tottenham could even finish this season as Premier League champions; they’re currently five points behind league leaders Leicester City and playing some excellent football in the process.

United, on the other hand, need rebuilding following the failed tenures of David Moyes and Van Gaal.

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Topics:
Manchester United
Mauricio Pochettino
Premier League
Louis van Gaal
Wayne Rooney
Football
Jose Mourinho
Tottenham Hotspur

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