Hughes says United are discussing the prospect of Pochettino's arrival openly inside the club.
"I know that Pochettino is very much appreciated in United. They have courted him before and Sir Alex has even been out to eat with him.
"He is a coach that has been talked about a lot in the corridors of Carrington (United's training facility)," Hughes told TalkSport.
"If they have identified him as the first choice, they should go for him now. He would a good choice and fit perfectly in with United."
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