With Sir Alex Ferguson's nod of approval, United wanted to hire the former Spurs boss as a replacement for Jose Mourinho in December 2018 but Pochettino appeared to be satisfied in North London at the time.
Pochettino confessed to being aware of speculation surrounding him: 'I was in Argentina, I was in Qatar, I was in Spain and I have Jesus [Perez, assistant manager to Pochettino at Spurs] who follows the news a little bit but I notice the rumours, ' he said.
"I am ready and waiting for a new challenge".
'I have belief and confidence that the next challenge will be fantastic'. To destroy White Hart Lane and to build a new stadium, to play at Wembley and Milton Keynes, only football people know how hard it was to deal with these situations.
Pochettino's assistant Jesus Perez has a close bond with City Sporting Director Txiki Begiristain and if they were searching for a replacement for Guardiola in the coming months, an established team with a track record of relative success in the Premier League would have to be an attractive option for the outgoing Premier League champions. Under Pochettino Tottenham reached the Champions League final past year but lost to Liverpool. Winning a title would be a great reward, but for us that is the legacy, having the club and the stadium in Tottenham.
Under the terms of his dismissal, he is liable to return the compensation, up to a reported £10 million (S$18 million), if he took over at another Premier League club before the end of this season.
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The 47-year-old was in charge of the Lilywhites for five-and-a-half years, winning 160 of his 293 games there, and guiding Spurs to their first-ever UEFA Champions League final last year.
"The young English managers of today have the influence of Europeans", he said. "It was hard to share and mix here but the European coaches have been influential", he said.
"When I first arrived in Southampton, the players said that you have to play long balls behind the sides and press, the focus was always like this".
"Announce Mauricio Pochettino @ManUtd already will you!" another wrote.
Runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool didn't exactly need a boost but they've got one anyway as Sadio Mane has returned to training after a hamstring injury. I have to see if I deserve a new contract.