Report: Manchester United make first move for Pochettino, Tottenham preparing swift response

Manchester United have reportedly opened talks with the representatives of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.

According to The Sun, Manchester United have made their first move for Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino by contacting his representatives.

The Red Devils drew 1-1 at Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, a result which has done little to slow down the speculation surrounding the future of manager Louis van Gaal.

The Dutchman, who still has well over a year left on his contract at Old Trafford, is expected to leave the club in the summer given that his side are six points adrift of the Champions League places, and speculation is rife about who could replace Van Gaal.

BBC Sport reported on Friday that talks have begun over a move for ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, but it seems that they may also have their eyes on Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentine has turned Tottenham into title challengers this season, and his work with young players such as Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Harry Kane has rightly earned great praise.

Now, The Sun report that United have made their first move for Pochettino by speaking to his representatives about a possible summer move to Old Trafford - a questionable claim given that the Spurs boss told The Guardian just two months ago that he doesn't even have an agent, though he may well have advisors around him.

However, it's also stated that Tottenham are ready to respond by offering Pochettino a new contract to fend off any rival interest and keep him at White Hart Lane - something he may be willing to do, given the exciting project he has built in less than two years at the club.

Would Pochettino be better off at Tottenham or Manchester United?

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