Man Utd legend Scholes wants Pochettino – and reveals what new boss must do
22nd December 2018

Despite his former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being appointed interim boss until the end of the season, Scholes believes the Spurs boss is the ideal pick

United lost so much patience with controversial boss Jose Mourinho with the club miles adrift in the title race they stumped up £24m to pay him off immediately.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live Scholes said: "Pochettino's the man.

"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."

Spurs would be loathe to lose Pochettino, but delays over the opening of the new stadium and a lack of any transfer activity are heightening the speculation.

And Scholes believes a move to United would offer much more chance of success for the Argentinian.

He added: "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."

SunSport reported how Spurs supremo Daniel Levy is ready to hold United to ransom if they want to bag Poch.

Ed Woodward has set his sights on the Spurs boss and is prepared to stump up £40million in compensation to take the Argentinian and his backroom staff to Old Trafford.

But the Times claim Tottenham chairman Levy has no intention in letting his manager leave so cheaply – and will demand far more than that before allowing United to strike a deal.

United's plan is to pay off the outstanding contract value of the five-year deal Pochettino signed with Spurs earlier this year.

That cost would be around £34m, with a further £6m needed to release the remainder of his coaching staff from their agreements.

But there is no actual release clause in Pochettino's contract – and Levy believes that makes it impossible for Woodward and the Old Trafford board to just buy him out.

Instead he is adamant if United want to tempt the 46-year-old to the North West, they will have to agree a transfer fee in the same way the would to sign a player.

Tottenham's view is that players are regularly sold for far more than the actual coast of their existing contract – and that the situation should be no different just because Pochettino is a manager.

That leaves United now having to consider the prospect of having to fork out far more than they originally thought if they really want to appoint the Spurs boss.

But if the Red Devils do manage to get their top target, Scholes knows exactly what he will need to do first up.

He added: "Confidence is obviously very low and he's going to need some new players, there's no doubt about that.

"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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