THE will is there and so is the wedge.
Ed Woodward, embattled executive vice-chairman at Manchester United, is determined to land his man.
Reuters5 Man Utd are confident of finally landing Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino is not just his first choice to succeed Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford. He is the only choice.
Woodward has not been put off by his previous experience, when he was cooing into the Tottenham manager’s ear two years ago and trying to spirit him away to the north west.
They even sent Sir Alex Ferguson to meet him for lunch, the last public throw of the dice as United tried to convince him to walk out on Spurs. They came closer than you could ever imagine.
Fergie rates him, a huge admirer of the man and the manager because of his work with Southampton and Spurs.
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United believe they have been given sufficient encouragement to pursue him again, to play on the funding issues that will dog Poch next season.
Although Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will free up a bit of cash in the January transfer window, the big money will go into loan repayments for their new stadium.
Mourinho remarked last week that United no longer has the pulling power to sign the best players from the likes of Spurs.
But what an irony it would be if they were able to go and sign Tottenham’s manager to replace Jose.
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