Man Utd news: Sir Alex Ferguson gives Jose Mourinho replacement green light to take job

Manchester United have struggled since Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, with David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho all failing to turn them into the swashbuckling side of old.

And now, the club would love Tottenham manager Pochettino to become their successor.

Manchester United have grown tired of Jose Mourinho. Not only are results poor, but the performances equally so. His treatment of star players such as Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez has also raised eyebrows.

And The Sun have now delved into how Pochettino could take over at Old Trafford.

It is said that, two years ago, United tried their luck.

Ferguson was used as a pawn, meeting the Tottenham manager for lunch as part of a huge charm offensive.

That was shortly after the club had axed Van Gaal – and at a time where Mourinho was lined up to take over.

United were supposedly snubbed by Pochettino, but ‘came closer than you can ever imagine’ to getting him in.

And The Sun say Ferguson has already endorsed the Tottenham boss as a possible United manager.

It is claimed he is a huge adrmier of Pochettino due to the work he has done at Southampton and Spurs.

But whether United can lure him to Old Trafford as Mourinho’s successor remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, speaking back in August, former Spurs ace Jermaine Jenas expressed a belief that Pochettino WOULD take the United job.

“I think they’ve been after him for a long time to be honest with you. It’d be a huge test. I think deep down that’s the one Pochettino wants,” he said.

“There’s only United and Real Madrid that I think really take his fancy.

“When you think about it, Jurgen Klopp’s not going anywhere at Liverpool. Chelsea change their manager every two minutes but the Tottenham and Chelsea thing would ruin everything he’s done at Spurs.

“He already said he won’t go to Barcelona because of the links with Espanyol.

“There’s just two clubs really. I know you’ve got Bayern, PSG and so on but I think he’d prefer to stay in the Premier League or go back to La Liga.

“If that did happen [Mourinho leaves Man Utd], it would not surprise me if United go really hard for Pochettino. And, given what’s happened at Spurs, I’d be surprised if he stayed.”

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