Key figures at Manchester United are hopeful that Mauricio Pochettino can be brought in to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by the start of next season, according to reports.
Solskjaer, who enjoyed a fantastic start to his United reign after taking over from Jose Mourinho, has found it hard this term and, at one point, the Red Devils were experiencing their worst start to a league season in 31 years.
However, the club’s form has picked up slightly and United are now only five points off the top four after 22 games.
Nevertheless, many have called for Solskjaer to be sacked and for former Tottenham manager Pochettino to be appointed at Old Trafford.
Pochettino is said to be mulling over his next job after leaving Spurs in November following a similarly poor start to the campaign.
According to The Independent, there are some within the United boardroom who would like to see the Argentine be brought in for Solskjaer.
The latest update follows previous claims that Pochettino has already been making demands to United in the event that they offer him Solskjaer’s job.
talkSPORT journalist Phil Brown has said that United have held secret discussions with Pochettino about taking over at the end of the season.
Brown said: “What I’ve been told is United have been talking with Pochettino for a few weeks now. But he doesn’t want the job until the end of the season.
“I’ve been told by someone who would know, who I trust 100 per cent and who has given me stuff in the past and been bang on so is clearly informed.
“They’ve been talking to Pochettino for a few weeks but most likely if anything happens it’ll be at the end of the season.”
Speaking to his Beyond the Pitch podcast, Brown continued: “Pochettino doesn’t have an agent, Ed Woodward can’t be seen to be talking to Pochettino in public, so they designated an individual who will mediate.
“I can’t say who that individual is. He doesn’t want the job until the summer. He demands a director of football guaranteed and the director of football cannot be Ed Woodward.
“He wants full freedom of first-team matters, including who can be sold. (He) wants Ed Woodward to step away from anything football at all and funds to be made available for purchases.”