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Man United have added two names to managerial shortlist amid fears about Mauricio Pochettino

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He may have led Manchester United to five wins from five, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still expected to only be an interim replacement for Jose Mourinho.

Indeed, the Daily Mail reported this week that level-headed players at the club expect a more experienced appointment to be made in the summer.

Mauricio Pochettino is among the candidates and Man United will get a closer look at the Argentinian when the Red Devils travel to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Pochettino has done a marvellous job on a limited budget at Tottenham and it’s easy to see why Man United are interested.

He already has Sir Alex Ferguson’s approval, the Scot having described Pochettino as the ‘best manager in the Premier League’ in the past, according to the Evening Standard.

The concern for Man United is that Pochettino has never once showed a desire to leave Tottenham.

"I hope, or I wish to be here 20 years, and decide to leave or to finish my career here," he recently said, per BBC Sport.

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Man United add two names to shortlist

This hasn’t escaped Man United’s attention and they’ve added two names to their shortlist amid fears that Pochettino won’t leave Spurs.

The Mirror are reporting that they have sounded out Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone about becoming their new manager, while the Telegraph claim they are considering an approach for England boss Gareth Southgate.

The Southgate rumour is very intriguing.

The 48-year-old took England to the semi-final of the World Cup last year and his faith in young players would interest Man United.

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But it would be very difficult to hire him given he leads the national team and has a contract that takes him to the 2022 World Cup finals.

Meanwhile, intermediates said to be working on behalf of Man United have contacted Simeone’s camp.

Simeone’s resume includes the La Liga title and two Europa League victories, while he’s also led Atleti to a couple of Champions League finals.

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With Los Rojiblancos being unable to consistently challenge for the Spanish title since 2014, could Simeone decide a change of scenery is required?

Time will tell.

Topics:
Football
Gareth Southgate
Diego Simeone
Mauricio Pochettino
Jose Mourinho
England Football
Atletico Madrid
Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United

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