Martin Keown discusses if Mauricio Pochettino could be next Manchester United manager

The Arsenal legend rubbishes the suggestion Mauricio Pochettino could become the next Man United manager

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino Photo: Screen grab

Martin Keown has poured cold water on the possibility of Mauricio Pochettino leaving Tottenham Hotspur to take over Manchester United at the end of the season.

The Spurs manager is believed to be the leading contender to take over the reins from Jose Mourinho on a permanent basis after the Portuguese coach was sacked earlier in December.

Manchester United have appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their interim manager until the end of the season, although the Norwegian could get the job permanently.

Pochettino has earned rave reviews for his impact at Spurs after the Argentinian coach led Tottenham to three successive top-four finishes in the Premier League.

While the Spurs boss is still waiting to get his hands on silverware for the first time since taking over at the north London side in 2014, Pochettino has helped Tottenham to challenge for the title in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

Tottenham are in second place and nine points adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool FC ahead of the 21st round of fixtures.

Asked whether Tottenham should be worried about losing Pochettino to Manchester United, former Arsenal defender Keown told the Daily Mail during his question and answer column:

“Mauricio Pochettino doesn’t look to me like he is thinking about going anywhere else.

“He is part of a project at Tottenham and he’s moving into a brand new home. He has confidence because he knows two of the world’s best clubs are potentially pursuing him in Manchester United and Real Madrid.

“He’s nurtured players superbly, such as Dele Alli and Harry Kane. Tottenham are on the toes of Liverpool and Manchester City, who are performing as well as we’ve ever seen in the Premier League.

“It would take something pretty special to take him away from Tottenham.”

Keown went on to add that former Arsenal defender considers Pochettino to be Tottenham’s version of Arsene Wenger.

“Pochettino, to me, is Arsene Wenger 2.0. Wenger was the pioneer,” Keown added.

“He had a hand in everything, from changing facilities at the training ground to the new stadium. We’re seeing that with Pochettino.

“If he doesn’t go now, then I don’t see him going for a very long time. Tottenham just need to win a trophy. It is very important they fulfil that success.”

Manchester United finished in second place in the Premier League table last term and two spots ahead of Spurs.

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