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Carragher insists Pochettino ‘has to’ take the Manchester United job

Mauricio Pochettino should leave Tottenham if he is offered the job at Manchester United, according to Jamie Carragher.

The Tottenham manager has been linked with the managerial vacancy at Old Trafford following Jose Mourinho’s, and former Liverpool defender Carragher believes Pochettino should swap North London for Manchester if United’s interest becomes concrete.

“If Mauricio Pochettino is offered the Manchester United job, he has to take it,” Carragher writes in the Telegraph.

“That is a hard for Tottenham Hotspur supporters to accept. Sadly for them, it is inevitable that they are prey to a more powerful Premier League rival.

“Hearing some arguments against Pochettino moving to Manchester United, I cannot help but think a reality check is needed. I do not write this to be disrespectful to Spurs.

“It does not matter how great Spurs’ new stadium is and how many supporters fill it. It does not even matter what they win this season or over the next few years. Spurs are not Manchester United. They will never be as big as Manchester United.

“Questions like, ‘Why would Pochettino leave Tottenham now?’ amount to a loyalty plea. Pochettino owes Spurs nothing. He has done an unbelievable job with a fraction of United’s budget.

“What has taken four-and-a-half years to build at Tottenham can be achieved sooner with the players he inherits, the same clever management he has demonstrated in North London and astute signings.”

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