Former Manchester United defender and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has never hide the fact that he is a huge admirer of Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino.
However on tonight’s Monday Night Football the former England international right-back went even further and admitted that the Argentine coach is the man he wants to replace Jose Mourinho as the Red Devils boss.
Neville praised Pochettino for getting the best out of his squad despite operating on a limited budget in comparision to other top six clubs.
This is not to say the 43-year-old wants the Spurs coach to take over at United just yet though, as he would like to see Mourinho bring the Premier League title back to Old Trafford first.
“Pep Guardiola, the way I should judge him, should he win the league? Yes, he should win the league. Should Jose Mourinho win the league? Yes, they should win the league with the money they’ve spent at those clubs.” Neville said.
“It [Guardiola at City] is a great managerial performance because he’s extracting the maximum from the players with the biggest budget. You look at Mauricio Pochettino? Kyle Walker and Rose, they were nowhere near as good players.”
“Dembele? I used to think he was overweight, I used to think he was lazy, now I think he’s a fantastic player. Eriksen always used to play on the outside of a game, now he gets right in where it hurts. Kane? Three, four, five Premier League goals, when Pochettino came to the club. You look at what Dele Alli has done in the last two or three years.”
“It’s an outstanding performance. When Jose Mourinho’s time is finished at Manchester United, whether that is one year, two years, I hope it’s three years, I hope he wins multiple Premier League titles because I think he’s a fantastic manager.”
“This is the guy that I would want to manage the club that I support, because I think he deserves it. It’s probably the same for Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Daniel Levy knows that. It’s a big problem, because if he leaves it’ll be an issue for Tottenham because he’s extracting the maximum from limited resources.”