Mourinho's Successor Has Been Revealed,See who is Replacing Jose Mourinho
United owners the Glazer family and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward called time on Mourinho's two-and-a-half year reign as manager on Tuesday, less than 48 hours after the 3-1 defeat at Liverpool which left the team 19 points behind the Premier League leaders.
Manchester United have sacked Jose Mourinho after Saturday's defeat at Liverpool left the club 11 points adrift of the Premier League top four.
United want Pochettino
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is Manchester United's top target to become the club's next permanent manager.
An interim manager will take charge until the end of the season -- sources have told ESPN FC that former United players Laurent Blanc and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are both under consideration -- but the club will spend the next six months attempting to prise Pochettino from Tottenham as Mourinho's long-term successor.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Pochettino attempted to play down the rumours, insisting that his focus remains with Spurs.
"You know after nearly five years there's a lot of rumours that happen in my position here. I cannot answer this type of question because this type of rumours happens in this business, in football.
"I respect the opinion of everyone -- when they praise me, when they don't agree with me. But it's not my business what happens in another club. I'm so focused on delivering my best job in this club and now we have ahead a very busy period.
"After nearly five years, what more do I need to say? From day one, not only in the coaching staff but with the players, there's a lot of rumours that happen. Today the business is like this.
"I accept the rumours when they're positive, when they're negative. I accept opinions when you win and people praise and when you lose and they're negative. That's part of our business and our job."
Woodward is a long-standing admirer of former Southampton boss Pochettino -- he considered him for the United job following Louis Van Gaal's dismissal in May 2016 -- and he has identified the 46-year-old as the man to resurrect United after five years of under-performance since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.
Spurs are likely to fight any United interest on their highly rated coach, who is also a target for Real Madrid. The Argentine is currently on an £8.5 million-a-year deal at Spurs which expires in 2023.
Sources have told ESPN FC that Pochettino is regarded by United as the outstanding candidate for the job and every effort will be made to recruit him.
Although Pochettino is United's top target, the club may have to consider other options if Spurs chairman Daniel Levy plays hard ball. Here are some other options United could pursue should Pochettino be out of reach.