Daniel Levy has been discussing Mauricio Pochettino's future amid Man Utd rumours

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For many Manchester United fans, Mauricio Pochettino is their ideal manager in the long-term.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is certainly doing an admirable job at the moment, but current reports suggest his job remains that of an interim manager and that he will return to Molde over the summer.

As a result, the powers that be at Old Trafford are starting to draw up their permanent replacements for Jose Mourinho and Pochettino is widely understood to be their number one target.

The Argentinean has been something of a revelation at Tottenham, bringing through a number of young players and routinely delivering top four finishes on a limited budget.

The appeal for United is clear to see and former player Gary Neville is very enthusiastic about a deal, noting in December: "To me he just feels like the most ideal candidate.

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“When I look at the values of Manchester United, you look at Mauricio Pochettino’s belief in young players at (previous club) Southampton and with Tottenham.

"You look at his performance levels and the style of play, the way in which he carries himself at all times, publicly and in private."

It's pretty difficult to disagree with Neville, but signing a coach from one their top four rivals won't be easy and some are even wondering why Pochettino would leave his post as Spurs boss.

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Levy's opinion on Pochettino

Perhaps the biggest thing working in United's favour is their economic brawn and it's been suggested that they could bid as much as £50 million to get their ideal candidate in the summer.

However, according to The Sun, even a mammoth bid won't persuade Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to give away his manager and he's been saying exactly that in private.

The report reads: "The Tottenham chairman has made it clear to his board he plans to reject any Old Trafford approach at the end of the season.

"And that is even if they offer more than the value of Poch’s contract.

"Levy has told friends he regards the club’s Argentinian boss so highly he cannot risk losing him."

That's a massive blow to United, there's no two ways about it.

It seems Levy values the importance of Pochettino to such an extent that he simply doesn't care how much United offer, he simply won't accept it.

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From a neutral perspective, you've got to respect Levy for standing by his man and it makes so much sense ahead of their long-awaited move to the new White Hart Lane.

Pochettino has simply achieved too much across his five years in north London to lose him now and even £50 million wouldn't be ample compensation for the loss.

Even United - arguably the world's biggest club - can't buy everything they want.

Who do you think United should appoint as permanent manager? Have your say in the comments section below.

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