Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been put forward as Manchester United's top target to become the club's next permanent manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho on Tuesday, top sources have told ESPN FC.

United owners the Glazer family and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward sacked Mourinho after a 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.

Many are looking the way of former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane as the perfect replacement, but United eggheads may be throwing a surprise if indeed they settle for Pochettino who though has been doing well with Spurs has no trophies or silverware to show for his efforts.

As expected, many more names will be dropped in the days ahead as Mourinho’s possible replacement.

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.

 The Argentine is currently on an £8.5 million-a-year deal at Spurs which expires in 2023.

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