Surprise candidate emerges to take over at United due to their concerns over Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Manchester United are considering the possibility of making Gareth Southgate their new manager, according to The Telegraph.

The paper claims that Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino remains United’s number one choice to succeed Jose Mourinho, but the Old Trafford hierarchy are growing concerned that he will not make the switch.

Southgate recently agreed to a deal to remain in charge of England until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is also on the shortlist, but there are concerns over his suitability despite guiding the Spanish giants to three successive Champions League crowns.

Pochettino is under contract at Tottenham for another four years and a report in The Sun has stated that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is not prepared to allow the Argentine to make the move if he so wishes, even if an offer of £50million is submitted.

United visit Wembley this afternoon with interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to make the position his own on a permanent basis.

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