Mauricio Pochettino: Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t talk to me about Man United

by Tanveer Arayan


Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says the Manchester United job was not mentioned when he met up for lunch with Sir Alex Ferguson last week.

Pochettino had been linked with a potential move to replace Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford as he is rated by Sir Alex as the best coach in the Premier League and has admirers on the United board.

However, Spurs ended the speculation on Thursday by announcing Pochettino had signed a new five-year contract at White Hart Lane, extending his previous deal by two years until 2021.

Speaking about meeting Fergie last week, Pochettino said his chat with Fergie will help him become a better manager.

“For me, it was a dream come true,” he said.

“When I was young, when I started my career as a manager, he was always my inspiration, my reference and when you can share two hours with a person who, for me, was the greatest manager in the world, the history of football, only you can enjoy.

“It was difficult because I wanted to stop time but it was impossible. It was fantastic.

“Did he ask about Manchester United? No. If you know Sir Alex Ferguson, he is a person we can all learn from because he has a fantastic history about football and about life.”

Throughout the years Man United have always been above Spurs as one of the biggest clubs in Europe, but with us potentially missing out on Champions League football, the tables have turned.

Pochettino’s work at both Southampton and Tottenham has been excellent, especially this year by helping Spurs to a second place finish in one of their best Premier League finishes in over 55 years.

With him signing a new contract at Spurs, United aren’t left with many options in regards to appointing a new manager. The end of the season is approaching and we should hear a decision soon, especially with Mourinho waiting in the wings ready to take over.

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