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Manchester United dealt double blow to their long-term summer transfer plans

Regardless of how strong or wayward Manchester United finish their season, there is bound to be a massive shake-up at Old Trafford next season. Not surprisingly, more than the players fans are anticipating a new manager to lead their club out of the recent struggles suffered under Louis Van Gaal.

Two names constantly linked with the Manchester United job are Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino. However, according to Sky Sports News HQ United have no chance of signing either of the reputed managers next season.

According to Sky Sources, Mauricio Pochettino has verbally agreed a new 5-year contract with Tottenham and will build on the good work he has done this season. Spurs were fearful of United’s growing interest in their man and acted quickly to tie him to a new deal.

It is believed that Pochettino’s new deal will be announced at the end of this season which could still end with a Premier League title if Leicester slip-up in the remaining weeks.

While Pochettino was always a long shot, Jose Mourinho was seen as the sure-shot replacement for Van Gaal. However, according to Sky Sports, United and Mourinho have not agreed a deal as opposed to the reports we have heard for several weeks now.

The decision has come from Ed Woodward who still feels Van Gaal can guide Manchester United to better days in final year of his contract. And from then on its Ryan Giggs who will take charge of the club.

Are Man United making the right decision?

We have discussed this many times as to how United would find themselves in deeper hole if they do not get rid of Van Gaal now. As for Giggs, his lack of experience guarantees a catastrophic error if he is given the full time charge of Manchester United.

As stated earlier, Pochettino was always the wild card as he suits the “so-called” United philosophy. However, Mourinho’s history of not bringing youth through is a worry for United’s Top Brass.

For now, one feels that Manchester United should get back to winning ways before thinking too much on their academy plans. Warren Joyce has done a remarkable job with United’s youngsters and he will continue to develop these raw talents.

However, it is the first team which needs sorting and bringing Jose Mourinho would ensure success, titles and an improved standard of football at Old Trafford.

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