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Gary Neville backs Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to replace Jose Mourinho as Manchester United manager

Gary Neville wants Man United to give Mauricio Pochettino the manager's job when Jose Mourinho leaves

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Gary Neville has backed Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino to succeed Jose Mourinho as Manchester United boss.

The United fan and former defender is a big fan of Pochettino and says it's inevitable bigger clubs with larger budgets will eventually tempt him away from White Hart Lane.

Under the Argentine, the culture and mentality at White Hart Lane has changed and it is a transformation that has impressed Sky Sports analyst Neville, who claims he has championed Pochettino for a number of years.

"When Jose Mourinho's time at Manchester United has finished, whether that is one year, two year or three years, and I hope he wins multiple league titles because I think he is a fantastic manager, this is the guy that I would want to manage the club I support," he told Monday Night Football.

"That's because I think he is the guy who deserves it. I think it is the same for Paris Saint-Germain and I think it's the same for Real Madrid. And I think that [chairman] Daniel Levy knows that.

"That is coming in the next 12 months for Tottenham and it is a big problem if he leaves because he is extracting the maximum from limited resources."

Since taking over in 2014, the club's net spend has totalled £50million compared to that of United's, which is £417m and has still managed to keep them competitive.

"The quality of the people in the dressing room that he creates, not that he has signed but that he creates, is outstanding," Neville added.

"He has got the right culture at the training ground and he has got the right culture at the club so they need to keep him. But to do that will be difficult because he will want to go to that next level."

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