Next Man United manager: Gary Neville names ‘ideal candidate’ to replace Jose Mourinho
The Man United legend believes Mauricio Pochettino is the right manager to become the fourth Red Devils boss since Sir Alex Ferguson
Gary Neville believes Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino is the “perfect fit” for Manchester United.
The Red Devils sacked Mourinho on Tuesday less than 48 hours after Manchester United suffered a 3-1 loss to bitter rivals Liverpool FC.
Manchester United were thoroughly outplayed by Jurgen Klopp’s side as Xherdan Shaqiri’s second-half goals secured three points for the Anfield side.
Mourinho leaves Manchester United in sixth place and 19 points adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool FC after 17 games.
Whoever replaces Mourinho at Old Trafford will have to make up an 11-point deficit on fourth-placed Chelsea FC to secure a spot in next season’s Champions League.
There is also the prospect of an enthralling Champions League last-16 clash against Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain in February.
Pochettino has been credited with transforming Spurs since the Argentinian coach replaced Tim Sherwood at White Hart Lane in 2014.
The South American has led Spurs to a top-four finish in the last three seasons, while Tottenham even pushed champions Leicester City and Chelsea FC in the title race in 2016 and 2017.
Former Manchester United defender Neville outlined why Pochettino is the right candidate to become the fourth Manchester United manager since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
“I said last season that the next manager of Man United should be Pochettino,” Neville told Sky Sports News.
“If I look at the values of United, you look at Pochettino’s belief in young players at Southampton and with Tottenham.
“You look at his performance levels and style of play, the way in which he carries himself at all times – publicly and in private – I have been fortunate enough to spend two or three days at Tottenham’s training ground. And for me, he just feels like the most ideal candidate.
“There will be others who say ‘no’, but Man United have tried managers who have won European Cups, managers who have won multiple leagues, managers who have had that solid grounding in the Premier League.
“My view is they need someone who meets the three key principles of that football club – the promotion of youth, entertaining football and to win football matches.
“So at this moment in time, I see him – and people will suggest that he has not won a trophy yet at Tottenham, but with a net spend of -£29m, or something over the last four years, he could not have done more. He has done the most incredible job and I do think he is the person who is the most outstanding candidate.
“But if you are a Tottenham Hotspur fan, you will not appreciate me saying that. If you are Daniel Levy at Tottenham Hotspur, you will be grabbing and holding on to him for dear life because you are moving into a new stadium.
“But he is the individual who fits the profile of what Man United need in terms of what he has done in the Premier League over the last five, six, seven years at both clubs.”
Spurs are in third position in the Premier League table and six points adrift of leaders Liverpool FC.