According to reports published The Sun, Premier League giants Manchester United have contacted Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino over potentially taking over from Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford next season.
While United’s results may have improved over the past few games, there has been no end to the speculation about the future of Louis van Gaal, who is contracted to the club until 2017. Former Chelsea manager José Mourinho has also been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford. Mauricio Pochettino is currently enjoying a successful season with Tottenham Hotspur and has been in the frame for some of the top jobs in the league.
According to The Sun, the Premier League giants have spoken to Pochettino’s representatives about the former Southampton manager potentially replacing Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.
The report suggests that Pochettino’s record with developing younger players as well as playing an attractive brand of football makes him a more favourable prospect as compared to someone like Jose Mourinho.
However, the Red Devils will have to part with £20 million (approximate) as compensation for Pochettino, whose £3.5 million-a-year contract at White Hart Lane is set to expire in June 2019. Club chairman Daniel Levy is known to drive a hard bargain, and the financial considerations of the deal would likely be the biggest obstacle in appointing the 43-year-old.
Pochettino boasts exceptional youth promotion record, but empty trophy cabinet a worry
One could make a compelling argument for Mauricio Pochettino being a better fit for the Manchester United job as compared to José Mourinho. The Argentine’s willingness to give opportunities to young players, the clarity of his football philosophy as well as the lack of controversy make him an attractive target for any top club.
Nine of England’s last sixteen debutants have been managed by Pochettino at either Southampton and Tottenham, and it is partially this remarkable record that has endeared him to the British press. However, the Tottenham boss is yet to win a single major trophy whereas Mourinho has 8 league titles and 2 Champions League titles as well as several other domestic cups to his name. Besides, the Portuguese is out of a job and has hinted that he wants to continue managing in England.
All this and more will likely be considered by Woodward before a decision is made, but it is certainly looking increasingly unlikely that Van Gaal will see out the full three years of his contract at Manchester United.