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Tottenham chief Daniel Levy has shown dislike of Man Utd ahead of Premier League clash

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Tottenham chief Daniel Levy dislikes Manchester United. And his decision to put a clause in Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs exit is proof of how he views the Red Devils, who have found negotiations with him difficult over the years.

Tottenham sacked Pochettino at the end of November and, inevitably, talk of the Argentine taking over at Manchester United has started up again.

It's been going on for years. No matter who the Red Devils are managed by, they've always had to contend with speculation. Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have, at one point or another, had Pochettino's shadow cast over them.

Now he's available. Ish. Tottenham have put a clause in his exit that means any club will have to pay £12.5million to bring him in.

And that clause would likely have been drawn up with United in mind. A way of ensuring that Pochettino and the Red Devils don't become one without Tottenham getting something from the deal.

Sure, Arsenal and Real Madrid also have to pay the clause. It wasn't drawn up specifically for the Red Devils.

But, most certainly, they were factored into the decision. Even with the club insisting they're behind Solskjaer, United's fondness for Pochettino has seen them become his likeliest next destination.

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Ferguson took Berbatov in his car from the airport after learning Manchester City wanted the forward. Not on his watch, the Scot thought.

Tottenham eventually had to agree a fee. They had no choice. Berbatov was already in Manchester, already with Ferguson. And so they accepted £30million plus a loan spell for Frazier Campbell.

But Levy swore from that day on that United would never be able to take from Tottenham so easily again.

In the years since, he's stubbornly stuck to that.

Ferguson desperately wanted to sign Luka Modric from Tottenham back in 2012. But Levy did everything to ensure the Croatia international would move to Real Madrid instead.

The following year, it was a similar story with Gareth Bale.

United actually offered more money than Real for the Wales international but Levy pushed the player to Spain instead.

The Tottenham chief has also flatly refused to let Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier leave when United have come calling in recent years.

Levy dislikes the Red Devils.

And his decision to put a clause in Pochettino's exit agreement was made with the intention of making life as difficult as possible for the Red Devils. 

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