By Coral Barry

Manchester United want to steal Mauricio Pochettino away from Tottenham in the summer, according to a report.

Pochettino is currently Tottenham’s manager and is battling to ensure Spurs lift their first top-flight title since 1961, but it has now claimed he is being courted by United.

A report in The Sun on Thursday said that United chairman Ed Woodward’s interest in Pochettino has escalated in recent weeks as he has watched the Argentine guide Totttenham to within five points of league leaders, Leicester.

Woodward is now allegedly seeking advice from football’s top analysts about Pochettino’s credentials.

The emergence of Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Eric Dier has been critical to Tottenham’s remarkable season, but arguably it has been the influence of Pochettino that has been the biggest factor in ensuring Spurs are now in an excellent position to snatch the Premier League trophy from Leicester’s grasp.

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The report also claimed that Pochettino is well aware of Woodward’s admiring gaze and that the club may be prepared to snub Jose Mourinho’s interest in the United hotseat in favour of the former Southampton manager’s signature.

Louis van Gaal has presided over Manchester United's failure to reach the Champions League knockout stages
Under-threat: Van Gaal has failed to win over fans or hierarchy at United

Mourinho has been the frontrunner for several months to replace under-fire Louis Van Gaal once the season ends, but the Sun reported on Wednesday that he could be tempted to replace the sacked Gary Neville at Valencia.

United have endured another underwhelming campaign under Van Gaal and were recently dumped out of the Europa League by arch-rivals Liverpool.

The performances of the club since Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013 have been far removed from United fans’ expectations and it is widely thought Woodward will opt to change direction once again in the summer.

In other United news, Van Gaal could select an unchanged side when the club face Everton in the Premier League at the weekend.