While recommending Mauricio Pochettino for the Manchester United job, Jamie Carragher waxed lyrical about the work the Argentine did at Spurs, even comparing it to the Red Devils winning the treble in 1999.
Pochettino was unable to win any silverware in the five and a half years he spent at Tottenham but the Lilywhites did come close to winning the league title and the Champions League during his reign.
In fact, before confirming Nuno Espirito Santo as Jose Mourinho’s successor over the summer it was reported that Spurs tried to bring Pochettino back to the club.
However, the 49-year-old ended up staying in Paris and has since signed a contract extension at Parc des Princes.
Following United’s 5-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come under a lot of pressure, with reports now indicating that the Red Devils are considering sacking the Norwegian.
ESPN have claimed that United are considering replacing Solskjaer with Pochettino but that the former Spurs boss is ‘not expected to be available anytime soon’.
Carragher believes the PSG boss’ achievements at Tottenham are enough to suggest that he is the right man to take over at Old Trafford.
The former Liverpool defender told the Webby and O’Neil YouTube channel: “When Pochettino was at Spurs, every season, he finished above the biggest club in the world, who had loads more money.
“Spurs are nowhere near one of the biggest clubs in the world. They are a level below.
“Tottenham haven’t challenged for a league title, I can’t remember in my lifetime, they did that under Pochettino.
“Tottenham reaching the Champions League final is like Manchester United winning the treble in 1999. Tottenham aren’t a club that win things.
“Pochettino, you can’t criticise him for going to Spurs, and a club that don’t win anything for years. He could only do the job that he did.”
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It is hard to argue with anything Carragher has said here. Although one could argue that it was a slight failure on Pochettino’s part to not win a trophy with the team given the squad we had assembled which included the likes of Eriksen, Dembele, Walker, Rose, Alderweireld and Vertonghen in their prime.
There is no doubt that the Argentine did a terrific job at Spurs. Perhaps, the one criticism of him would be that he could have taken the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup a bit more seriously. I have no doubt that he will rebuild Manchester United and make them a force if he replaces Solskjaer. So, I am desperately hoping that they do not get him.
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