Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has insisted that Mauricio Pochettino has to take the Manchester United job if it is offered to him.
Manchester United have appointed former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on an interim basis until the end of the season.
The Tottenham boss has been heavily linked with the job all week with several former Man Utd players coming out and insisting that Pochettino is the right fit for the role. However, some people have questioned the wisdom of Pochettino leaving Tottenham for Old Trafford, given that he has managed to build a great team at Tottenham.
Carragher, however, believes that regardless of Spurs’ position in the table, Pochettino will leave as Manchester United will always be a bigger club than Tottenham.
In a column for The Telegraph, Carragher wrote, “If Mauricio Pochettino is offered the Manchester United job, he has to take it. That is 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 goes without saying I am no United fan. I am obliged to assess as a neutral, trying to explain why – as the No 1 target – it will be tough for Pochettino to reject Old Trafford.”
“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.”
Carragher further wrote that the only thing that could convince Pochettino to stay at North London was his loyalty to the current squad.
He added, “Pochettino owes Spurs nothing. He has done an unbelievable job with a fraction of United’s budget. Only Pochettino’s devotion to his current squad can keep him at Tottenham, allied to a belief he is on the verge of winning the biggest honours.”
Tottenham fans will be hoping that moving into the new stadium would go some way towards changing Pochettino’s mind.
If the Argentine does leave at the end of the season, it would be a real shame if he departs trophyless particularly given the team he has built. It is thus imperative that Tottenham win a trophy this season.
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