Former Spurs manager Tim Sherwood said on Sky show The Debate he would prefer to play under Mauricio Pochettino or Pep Guardiola than Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.
Pochettino’s Spurs are level on points with United this term going in to to this weekends clash having finished 17 points above them last season.
Sherwood, who of course also played for Tottenham, said on The Debate that if he was a chairman of a football club he would plump for Pochettino over Mourinho as his manager , and also insists he would rather play under the Argentine if he was still playing.
Sherwood said: “It depends how much money you’ve got. The way I want the game to be played? If I was building a football club? I’d take Pochettino. I think he’s done a fantastic job at Tottenham.
“He looks to the youth, he’s happy to bring them through; he’s astute when acquiring what he wants. He doesn’t suffer anything other than the players he wants.
“But on the other hand, if you want your team to win very quickly, you’d have to give it to the serial winner: Mourinho. But, that comes at a cost. He’ll spend your money very quickly, but wisely you’d have to say. But it would cost you a few quid.For me, I like something to be built. I’d go for Pochettino.”
Sherwood was asked who he’d rather play under and the former midfielder said: “Would you rather play for Mourinho? We’ve been players. I’d rather play for Pochettino or Guardiola than Jose.
“To win a trophy, are you more guaranteed a trophy with Jose? Probably. But, if I was Lukaku for instance in that game against Liverpool, would I have enjoyed that football match? No.
“If they’d got a result, I would have enjoyed it a bit more. But they didn’t. He was isolated, had very little touches. I don’t think you’d ever see a Pochettino side playing like this.”
Sky pundit Charlie Nicholas who was alongside Sherwood , added that Mourinho’s management style has its obvious strengths, however the style of football he plays can polarise his key players.
“Mourinho did this at Real Madrid and [Cristiano] Ronaldo hated it. Barcelona used to pin them in, Ronaldo would throw his arms about as if to say: ‘This is not how I play football, I hate this stuff.’
“They probably argued all the time! But if you’re in the team, and he likes you, Mourinho is a brilliant man-manager.
“But he keeps it very close, whereas I think the more modern guys are far more open, Guardiola, maybe even Wenger and Conte, a far more open.”
Mourinho has been a serial winner wherever he has gone, but he has spent fortunes doing it and has managed the top teams. It would be interesting to see if he could have managed a project like Spurs. Instant success he’s your man for sure but give me Pochettino any day
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