Manchester United identify 45-year-old Jose Mourinho replacement despite new contract

According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United believe Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino would be the perfect long-term solution, despite having recently handed incumbent Jose Mourinho a new deal.

United are currently second in the Premier League but are 15 points off leaders Manchester City after 25 games. They’re coming off the back of a defeat too, having recently lose at Tottenham, and the feeling in the camp is that the 45-year-old Spurs boss would make for a better long-term fit than the Portuguese coach currently in charge.

Mourinho’s new deal saw him extend his contract by only 12 months, and he doesn’t have a reputation of being a long-term appointment. In his managerial career, the 55-year-old has never spent more than three years with one side. He was sacked from his last position at Chelsea, having crumbled just months after winning the Premier League title.

And while United are faring considerably better in the top flight than last season, it’s looking like a second consecutive campaign without a title. The Red Devils have been knocked out of the League Cup, meaning they realistically only have the FA Cup and Champions League to challenge for.

Pochettino has an empty CV, however, but his Tottenham side have been a top-four club for the last three seasons, challenging for the title in the previous two, and sitting six points clear of sides outside the top-four currently. Time will tell if United do make their move on the Argentine.




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