Report claims Manchester United's Ed Woodward is taking advice about Mauricio Pochettino

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Manchester United are reportedly upping their interest in Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.

According to a report from The Sun, Manchester United are continuing to pursue Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward taking advice about him.

United are still expected to move on from Dutch manager Louis van Gaal after two years at the club, despite being on the fringes of the top four again having beaten Manchester City 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium before the international break.

Many have anticipated that former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will take the job, but reports are now suggesting that the Red Devils are looking at other options too - and Pochettino could be one alternative.

The Argentinian, 44, has worked miracles with Tottenham Hotspur this season, taking a team viewed as an outside bet for the top four before the start of the season into a major contender for the Premier League title, as they currently sit just five points behind league leaders Leicester City.

Pochettino's work with young players, including Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane, has earned plaudits, and given that United are trying to develop some of their own young players like Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, Pochettino is unsurprisingly being considered at Old Trafford.

The Sun report that United are increasing their interest in Pochettino, with Woodward seeking advice from 'influential people' across the world in order to find out more about the Spurs boss.

Woodward may well be interested, but Pochettino leaving White Hart Lane for United seems unlikely right now. The former Southampton manager is building something truly special at Spurs, and leaving that situation - where he is clearly valued and respected by the players, fans and chairman Daniel Levy - for a United side still in rebuilding mode would be a bad move from Pochettino.

Ultimately, he is better off having the time to build something at Spurs instead of the intense pressure to succeed and win trophies at United, who have still yet to find the right formula since Sir Alex Ferguson's departure three years ago; and many could even argue that leaving this Spurs team for the current setup at United would be something of a step down right now.

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