have added England boss Gareth Southgate to their managerial shortlist amid growing fears could remain at Tottenham.
The Argentine is the stand-out candidate to take over at Old Trafford permanently despite United’s excellent form under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, having made Spurs top-four mainstays on a shoestring budget.
However, United are growing worried that , with his family and coaching staff happy and settled at the club.
Now report that those fears have seen United explore the possibility of approaching Southgate should Pochettino spurn their advances.
The 48-year-old impressed enormously at the World Cup, guiding the Three Lions to the semi-finals, and his faith in young players makes him an especially attractive option.
England had the youngest team in Russia last summer and United bosses want their next manager to utilise the club’s talented academy in a way that Jose Mourinho never did.
However, Southgate will be difficult to convince having signed a new contract with England that will keep him in charge until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
If Pochettino is not an option, United will also consider giving Solskjaer the job permanently if he can maintain the team’s excellent form, having won all five of his matches so far.
Zinedine Zidane is also on United’s short list, though is behind Southgate and Solskjaer with significant reservations over his suitability despite winning three successive Champions League titles with Real Madrid.