Date: 18th January 2018 at 11:10am
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The Manchester United fans here in the Transfer Tavern are hoping that the seemingly imminent arrival of Alexis Sanchez can stand their side in good stead when it comes to finishing second in the Premier League table. 

Indeed, our resident Red Devils aren’t overly delighted about probably missing out on the title to rivals Manchester City, though signing Arsenal’s best player for the second time in six years has pleased our punters. With that in mind, suggestions out of Spain hinting at Jose Mourinho looking to weaken another top-four rival have gone down very well.

According to Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness) the Portuguese has told Real Madrid and Florentino Perez to make a move for Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino as current Los Blancos chief Zinedine Zidane struggles in the Spanish capital. Despite all the success at the Santiago Bernabeu in the last few years, this season has been a struggle for Real, who are now closer to the relegation zone than they are to Barcelona in the title race.

With that in mind, page 20 of the paper’s Thursday edition reportedly claims Mourinho – a former Madrid coach himself – has personally told Perez that Pochettino is the man, following his wonderful work with Spurs since joining them back in 2014.

Landlord’s Verdict: 

Very clever from Mourinho, if true. Though Pochettino has a long way to go to prove he’s on Jose’s level, putting the wheels in motion to get the Argentine out of the Premier League will only strengthen United’s position domestically.

Thoughts?