How Gareth Bale could stop a United switch for Pochettino

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Ever since the sacking of Jose Mourinho earlier this week, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been heavily linked with the Manchester United job (Telegraph).

There were no realistic beliefs that the Argentine would ever up and leave Tottenham mid season, but there are question marks surrounding his future beyond the summer according to some.

Most of the mainstream media seems to think that Poch is certain to leave North London, despite a lack of evidence, substance, or word from the man himself.

Manchester United have filled their managerial position, albeit temporarily, with ex-striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

This appointment is only until the end of the season, but, according to the Daily Star, Gareth Bale could block a United move for Pochettino at that point.

The Star claim that sources close to Real Madrid say that Spurs will be offered Bale on the cheap if it leads to Pochettino moving back to Spain.

The 29-year-old Welsh winger left Spurs for Real over five years ago now, and a deal to re-sign him could be tempting.

However, unless Pochettino is determined to leave, getting rid of him for the sake of an injury prone and ageing player would not be a move Levy would even consider.

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