English Premiership

Scholes: Pochettino is "definitely the man"

2018-12-23 10:49
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Cape Town - Paul Scholes has backed Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino to succeed Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, and claims "if he wants the job then I think it's his".

The Spurs boss is the bookies' favourite to take up the reins at Old Trafford at the end of the current campaign, while former Manchester united defender Laurent Blanc and Zinedine Zidane, three-time winner of the Champions League while at the helm of Real Madrid, are also believed to be strong candidates for the position.

And Scholes feels Pochettino has all the necessary credentials to return the Red Devils to their former glory.

"Pochettino's the man," Scholes told BBC Radio 5 Live: "If he wants the job then I think it's his.

"He carries himself brilliantly with the media and with his team. He promotes young players and, most importantly, he wins a lot of football matches."

Scholes continued: "I know people say he's got a great team at Tottenham. He has. But can he ever really win the league with Tottenham? I'm not sure he can.

"With United, he'll have the spending power, the money and he'll be capable of winning the league.

"I think if he wants the job then he's definitely the man."

While Pochettino's proposed move is nothing more than conjecture at this point in time, Scholes was happy to elaborate on what he felt the Argentine manager would need to do at Old Trafford.

"Confidence is obviously very low and he's going to need some new players, there's no doubt about that," the former England international explained.

"If Pochettino comes in, he wants his players to play football and play with confidence so he'll need a couple of centre-halves who can play football and can play out from the back.

"I think he'll need a midfield player, possibly a centre-forward so you're looking at maybe three or four players. Pochettino, if he comes, will bring his experience with what he's done at Tottenham as well.

"He could make a big difference to this team."


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