Mauricio Pochettino could be the perfect manager for Manchester United

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The Tottenham Hotspur boss has all the attributes to succeed at Old Trafford.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal’s future is in doubt after a string of poor results have left his side fifth in the Premier League and out of the Champions League before the end of the year.

With Jose Mourinho out of a job, Pep Guardiola leaving Bayern Munich this summer and Ryan Giggs waiting for his first shot at permanent management, there are plenty of exciting candidates to take over at Old Trafford should the Dutchman leave, but one man who has not been mentioned could be the best option of the lot.

Mauricio Pochettino has worked wonders at Tottenham Hotspur this season, guiding his side to a 14-match undefeated streak in the league (prior to their loss against Newcastle United) and blending experience with youth – something United once did with stunning regularity.

Tottenham are currently fourth in the Premier League having played some fine football this season and shown that faith in youngsters can reap considerable rewards.

Just like Tottenham, United is a side that prides itself on bringing through their own players, and the problem with a manager like Mourinho is that those youngsters could face a substantial roadblock in their route to the first-team.

The same would not be said if Pochettino took charge, while the Argentine also inspires a style of football that would be welcomed at Old Trafford after the negative tactics of van Gaal.

Pochettino also knows the English top flight well having managed both Tottenham and Southampton to date, and while Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy would fight tooth and nail to keep him, he should certainly be on United’s wish list if they are pondering a change.

Pochettino has created a solid back-line, an exciting midfield and shown faith in a young forward who has blossomed into a superstar, so what is not to like?

Of course Tottenham would be crazy to let him go, and the manager himself will know he is on the verge of something great at White Hart Lane, but it is a sign of his progress that Pochettino should be mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Mourinho if United are about to make yet another change at the top.

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