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Jose Mourinho faces sack if Manchester United miss out on Champions League and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is wanted as replacement

Manchester United have already targeted Jose Mourinho’s replacement, with the current manager likely to be sacked if the club miss out on next season’s Champions League.

Failure to qualify for Europe’s elite club competition could see Mourinho axed by Red Devils chiefs, and that is looking a likely event given the Old Trafford club are down in eighth – a huge seven points off the top four.

Mourinho has been under pressure for much of the season

And, according to The Sun, United are ready to ‘head in a different direction’ if they miss out on European football’s top table.

The club’s prime target to replace Mourinho is Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham manager, who has long been tracked by those in power at Old Trafford.

However, it is believed Untied will struggle to tempt the Argentine away from Spurs given he penned a new contract with his current club earlier this year. Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, is also expected to do all he can to keep Pochettino in north London as the Lilywhites’ move to their new stadium moves ever closer.

Mourinho himself is believed to be angered by the set-up at United, with their ‘second rate’ standards well below many of their Premier League rivals.

United chiefs remain keen on bringing Pochettino to Old Trafford

Sunday’s defeat to local rivals City in the Manchester derby kept the Red Devils in eighth, below both Bournemouth and Watford on goal difference. As well as being seven points off the top four, United are also a staggering 12 points behind Pep Guardiola’s league leaders.

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