Tottenham will let Mauricio Pochettino go to Man Utd - Teddy Sheringham

Friday, December 28th, 2018 12:30pm

By Will Beckman @Will_Beckman

Teddy Sheringham has backed Mauricio Pochettino as the only suitable candidate to take over at Old Trafford next summer.

Pochettino is the bookies’ favourite to become the club’s next permanent manager when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure as interim boss ends, following the dismissal of Jose Mourinho last week.

And former Spurs and United striker Sheringham told Love Sport Radio he cannot imagine hiring anybody else to take the Red Devils forward.

“Pochettino is doing all the right things at Tottenham,” Sheringham told Comedy Countdown to Kick Off with Bell and Spurling (Saturdays 12pm-2.30pm).

“People will say he hasn’t won anything but he’s transformed things in North London. He’s got them on the right path.

“He gets players playing to the best of their capabilities and that’s what you want as a manager.”

Pochettino signed a new five-year deal with Spurs in the summer to quash speculation linking him with the then-vacant managerial position at Real Madrid.

However, Sheringham does not think the club would stop him from moving to United should the opportunity arise at the end of the season.

“I don’t think it’s a case of whether Spurs will let him go and I don’t think it’s about money either,” he added.

“It’s just about what Pochettino wants to do. If United want him and he wants to go then I don’t think Tottenham will stand in his way.

“You can’t turn down the chance to join Manchester United as a player and it must be exactly the same as a manager.”Solskjaer has recorded back-to-back wins over Cardiff and Huddersfield since replacing Mourinho, who was dismissed with United 11 points adrift of the top four.

Sheringham backed the club’s decision to sack 'The Special One' and criticised Mourinho for striking the wrong tone during his final few months in charge.

“I hate people getting the sack but it just looked to me that Jose was ready to go,” Sheringham said.

“He’d been saying the wrong things for the last six months.

“The statement he came out with about how United wouldn’t sack him because they couldn’t afford to was just goading the people above him.

“Ever since then he’s just been talking about how good other teams are, even though he’d spent around €400 million on players.

“If you can’t get a good team out of that then you are struggling.”

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