Manchester United still believe Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino should be their primary long-term managerial target despite recently extending Jose Mourinho’s contract, according to reports.
The Argentine, having impressed at Southampton, took over the reigns at Spurs in 2014 and has since guided them to third and second place finishes over the last two campaigns.
His name has been linked with Man United among other big clubs, but the man currently in charge was handed an important vote of confidence last week, extending his contract at Old Trafford until 2020 with the option of another year.
But according to M.E.N‘s James Robson, United have no desire to bring about Mourinho’s departure from the club but continue to view Pochettino as a suitable replacement for the long-term.
I have often thought that a combination of Mourinho and Pochettino would make for the perfect manager: tactical precision and a capacity to cope with pressure situations mixed with a high-pressing, ruthlessly intense attacking approach. A kind of balance between performing big, calculated scalps whilst also ripping through teams week by week.
Pochettino is by no means a perfect coach. His lack of silverware and big game prowess cannot just be ignored. But the raw fundamentals of his style align perfectly with what United supporters traditionally want to see: an approach that seeks to coach rather than buy talent, to give young players chances, to allow natural chemistry to develop, and to build with patience and care.
Above anything, though, this is a manager whose only direction – whether on the pitch or training ground – is forward, and at top gear. That has always been something which suits this club to a tee.