Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ECIALUnited Priced out of Record Deal for Poch

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ECIALUnited Priced out of Record Deal for Poch

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UNITED partially opted for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over Mauricio Pochettino initially over the exorbitant compensation package he would have cost.

United announced Solskjaer as Jose Mourinho's full-time replacement on March 28 after the Norwegian had presided over 14 wins from 19 matches and reduced the gap on fourth place in the Premier League from 11 points down to two.

Solskjaer also oversaw a remarkable Champions League knockout comeback against Paris Saint-Germain to take United into the quarter-finals for the first time in five years.

Pochettino guided Tottenham to their first ever European Cup final with an extraordinary 3-2 victory over Ajax on Wednesday night and was originally earmarked as the ideal candidate to replace Mourinho back in December, hence why Solskjaer was parachuted in on an interim basis.

United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward indicated the club would not make a decision on the managerial situation until the end of the season but Solskjaer was installed on a three-year contract with at least 10 games remaining and United outside the Premier League top four. United have won two of their last 11.

Pochettino earmarked candidate Jose Mourinho in A source told the M.E.N. that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy would have demand at least £40million in compensation for the Argentinian - which would have represented a world record fee for a managerial signing.

Pochettino signed a new five-year contract with Tottenham last year and insiders described a possible deal to take him to United as 'almost impossible'. United never made an official approach for Pochettino amid the team's three-month revival under Solskjaer.

Pochettino was interested in taking over at United in the summer after his fifth year with Spurs and Woodward is said to enjoy dealing with Levy, despite United's failure to prise Gareth Bale, Eric Dier or Toby Alderweireld away from Tottenham in the last six years. …

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