Scholes: Pochettino ‘the man’ for Manchester United

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes his former side should target Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino to become Jose Mourinho’s permanent replacement.

Mourinho was sacked last week following United’s worst start to a season for 28 years, with former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointed on a caretaker basis until the end of the season.

Despite the Norwegians popularity at Old Trafford, the club’s hierarchy are in the process of recruiting a permanent manager and Scholes believes Pochettino should be their number one target.

“Pochettino’s the man,” Scholes told BBC Radio 5 Live:

“If he wants the job then I think it’s his.

“He carries himself brilliantly with the media and with his team. He promotes young players and, most importantly, he wins a lot of football matches.”

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“I know people say he’s got a great team at Tottenham. He has. But can he ever really win the league with Tottenham? I’m not sure he can.

“With United, he’ll have the spending power, the money and he’ll be capable of winning the league.

“I think if he wants the job then he’s definitely the man.”

“Confidence is obviously very low and he’s going to need some new players, there’s no doubt about that,”

“If Pochettino comes in, he wants his players to play football and play with confidence so he’ll need a couple of centre-halves who can play football and can play out from the back.

“I think he’ll need a midfield player, possibly a centre-forward so you’re looking at maybe three or four players. Pochettino, if he comes, will bring his experience with what he’s done at Tottenham as well.

“He could make a big difference to this team.”

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