Gary Neville explains why Mauricio Pochettino is perfect for Man Utd

Gary Neville has explained why Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is the perfect man to replace Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

Mourinho was axed by United on Tuesday morning with the club now looking to appoint a caretaker boss ahead of choosing a permanent successor to the Portuguese manager.

Pressure was building on Mourinho after the club’s worst start to a season in 28 years was confirmed with Sunday’s hammering at Liverpool.

And Neville says Argentinian coach Pochettino is the right man to turn United around.

“I said last season that the next manager of Man Utd 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 Utd 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 Utd need in terms of what he has done in the Premier League over the last five, six, seven years at both clubs.”

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