Manchester United manager latest: Gary Neville says Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is ‘outstanding candidate’ to succeed Jose Mourinho

Manchester United should appoint Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

This is according to Old Trafford legend Gary Neville, who was reacting to the Red Devils’ decision to dismiss Mourinho on Tuesday morning.

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A club statement confirmed the Portuguese has left the club with a caretaker to be appointed who will oversee things until the end of the season.

Early favourites to succeed Mourinho include Michael Carrick, who was part of his coaching staff, and former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, as well as Mauricio Pochettino.

Pochettino, the Tottenham boss, has long been linked with taking charge of United, and Neville believes he is the ‘outstanding candidate’ for the position.

“I said last season that the next manager of Manchester United should be Mauricio Pochettino,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“When I look at the values of Manchester United, you look at Mauricio Pochettino’s belief in young players at Southampton and with Tottenham. You look at his performance levels and the style of play, the way in which he carries himself at all times, publicly and in private.

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“I’ve been fortunate enough to spend two or three days at Tottenham’s training ground and to me he just feels like the most ideal candidate.”

Neville further believes United chiefs need to change their approach in hiring managers, given the three appointments made since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement have all been sacked.

He continued: “Manchester United have tried managers that have won European Cups, they’ve tried managers that have won multiple leagues, they’ve tried managers that have, to be fair, had that solid grounding in the Premier League.

Early favourites to take charge of Manchester United

Bookmakers have seven candidates considered most likely to succeed Mourinho at Old Trafford.

  • Ryan Giggs – 10/1
  • Antonio Conte – 10/1
  • Laurent Blanc – 9/1
  • Mauricio Pochettino – 8/1
  • Nicky Butt – 8/1
  • Zindine Zidane – 2/1
  • Michael Carrick – 11/10

“They need someone who meets the three key principals of that football club: the promotion of youth, entertaining football and to win football matches.

“People suggest he hasn’t won a trophy yet at Tottenham but with a net spend of minus £29million or something over the last four years, I’m not sure he could have done more.

“I do think he is the person who is the outstanding candidate.”

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