Football Manager has shown how Mauricio Pochettino would get on as Man United manager

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Mauricio Pochettino is among the names that Manchester United are considering to be their new manager.

The Argentinian has done a superb job at Tottenham Hotspur, putting the club in a position to compete for trophies despite operating on a limited budget.

And now he’s wanted by Man United as they continue to pursue Jose Mourinho’s permanent replacement.

Worryingly for the Red Devils, Pochettino recently admitted that he wants to stay at Tottenham for a long time.

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

Yet, let’s imagine for a minute that Pochettino hadn’t come out and said that. That he had decided enough was enough at Tottenham and fancied a new challenge at Man United.

How would he get on? Football Manager has the answers.

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Pochettino's in charge at Man United

The Manchester Evening News have used the computer game to imagine the 2018-19 season with Pochettino, not Mourinho, Solskjaer or anyone else, in charge at Old Trafford.

And the results are very interesting.

Pochettino immediately set about improving his squad by signing Torino striker Andrea Belotti and Wolfsburg midfielder Ignacio Camacho for fees that could rise to £34 million and £26.5m respectively.

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First league defeat comes in November

Who do United face in the opening match of the season? Tottenham, of course.

The Red Devils win 3-0 thanks to Belotti’s brace and a goal from Alexis Sanchez.

Life at his new club would start very well for Pochettino. His first defeat in the league comes in late November, suffering a 2-0 defeat at home to rivals Liverpool.

And that would be the only defeat Pochettino would face in the league.

Midfielder Wilmar Barrios arrives from Boca Juniors in January, while the right-back position is strengthened with the signing of Roma’s Rick Karsdorp.

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United win the league - but suffer in the cups

And they help Man United win the title, Pochettino’s side finishing on 91 points.

Their record of 27 wins, 10 draws and one defeat is enough to see them finished ahead of second-placed Arsenal, who manage 85 points.

Manchester City finish third, Tottenham are fourth and Liverpool and Chelsea have to settle for fifth and sixth respectively.

Belotti manages 18 goals, although that isn’t enough to prevent 23-goal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from winning the Golden Boot.

However, Man United would face disappointment in the cup competitions.

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Liverpool win CL penalty shootout

Wolves beat them in the Carabao Cup third round while Man City knock them out in the sixth round of the FA Cup.

It’s in Europe where the club suffer the biggest heartache though.

They progress to the final of the Champions League after beating Spartak Moscow, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in the knockout rounds.

Liverpool are their opponents in the final and the game goes to penalties, where Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard both miss from 12 yards.

Jordan Henderson hoists the trophy for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

A disappointing to end, but still a successful season with Pochettino at the helm.

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