Danny Murphy has warned Tottenham Hotspur fans they should be worried about what Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United sacking means for manager Mauricio Pochettino.
A host of top coaches have been linked with the Old Trafford job after Mourinho’s departure was confirmed on Tuesday morning.
Pochettino is among the candidates, with former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane and ex-PSG manager and United player Laurent Blanc also linked.
Although the Spurs boss refused to comment on the speculation later on Tuesday, he did state he is ‘so focused’ on his job at the north London club.
But with Man United looking to appoint their next permanent manager in the summer, Murphy believes Pochettino will be firmly in their sights.
Asked if Tottenham supporters should be worried, the former midfielder said: “Yes.
“Well, Pochettino does seem a very loyal guy and I think he’s very aware that Tottenham gave him a chance of managing a big club when he wasn’t particularly well known or had done very much in the game.
“He’s done a wonderful job and I heard Paul Parker talking on talkSPORT earlier and he made a great point regarding the improvement of players at Spurs and Pochettino does improve players, I think he enjoys that side of it.
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“The only thing I’d say about Manchester United is they’ve got a lot of players who are already at the top of their game.
“You think of the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba, they need to be in a system where they need to be free and Pochettino is not going to make them that much better technically or improve their ability.
“But will he go? I don’t know.
“I think United are sensible giving themselves some breathing space to actually asses what they need and want next.
“There is no exact science to getting the perfect man to compete with what Manchester City and Liverpool are doing at the moment.
“The two perfect men are in charge of those two clubs, aren’t they.”
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