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Mauricio Pochettino would be Manchester United’s number-one managerial target if they were to sack Jose Mourinho, according to the Independent.

United have lost three of their opening seven Premier League games, including a 3-0 defeat to Tottenham at Old Trafford, and Mourinho is said to be under pressure.

However, the Independent claims executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is still backing Mourinho, although more bad results could result in a change.

The Independent’s report reveals that while former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has been earmarked as a potential replacement for Mourinho, there are doubts as to whether the Frenchman would want to manage United’s current squad.

As a result, it is believed United’s number-one choice is Pochettino.

Spurs fans will be happy to hear there will be a number of stumbling blocks if the Red Devils do decide to make an approach for Pochettino.

Daniel Levy would apparently resist any United attempt to lure the Argentinian midway through the season. The Tottenham chairman would also drive a hard bargain, as he always does.

Regardless, it’s all very much speculation for now.

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