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The funny part in such a deal would be that Pochettino would have to leave Spurs who will be in the Champions League next season and join United who might not be playing in Europe’s premier competition. It will be very hard for Woodward to prise the Argentine especially when Daniel Levy is involved. It is strange that when Jose Mourinho, easily one of the best managers in the world, is available and ready to take over, Woodward is hell bent on not signing him up. Where as the deals for David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal were signed well before their tenure started.

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