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Teddy Sheringham Exclusive: Pochettino "The Perfect Fit"

Teddy Sheringham Exclusive: Pochettino "The Perfect Fit"

Former Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham is convinced that Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino would be “the perfect fit” for his old club. Pochettino was previously linked with a move to Old Trafford during his time in charge of Tottenham but joined PSG instead, as United stuck with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Norwegian has since parted ways with the Red Devils and Ralf Rangnick has replaced him on an interim basis until the end of this season, before stepping into an advisory role. When asked who United should target ahead of the 2022-23 campaign, Sheringham suggested that Pochettino would bring a return to the front-footed style of the Sir Alex Ferguson era.


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Pochettino The Man

Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “Manchester United have always been brought up on that vibe of taking the game to the opposition, it was always Fergie’s way, he never worried about the opposition, what they’ll do to us, it’s about what we can do to them.

“I think, if you look along those lines, I would say the perfect fit would be Pochettino, without a doubt. 

“I think when he was at Tottenham he wanted the ball, he wanted to play with the ball and hurt the opposition, and I think that the Manchester United crowd would love his philosophy in the way that he takes the game to the opposition. 

“Obviously, he didn’t win anything at Tottenham, but if you’ve got bigger and better players than what he had there, who knows what he could achieve. He would be the man for me, he would be the number one choice.

“It’s a great experience for him, working with world-class players at PSG. Everybody thinks it’ll be easy, but managing all those top players and egos, it’s a big thing.”

Interim Manager A Mistake

Sheringham feels that hiring an interim manager such as Rangnick was a mistake, as it leaves the club and players in a state of uncertainty.

The 55-year-old insists that the Red Devils’ choice of manager is the most important recruitment decision ahead of next season – far more than which players they sign.

“It's just a strange situation for how much of the season was left when they put him [Rangnick] in charge,” Sheringham explained.

“There was talk that he might go into an advisory role at the end of the season, so you'd like to think there's something in place for one of his pupils or someone that buys into his coaching philosophy to come in at the start of the next season under him – that he's building the foundations for the next man to come in. 

“If he leaves at the end of the season and then someone completely different, like Pochettino, comes in, it's a whole new vibe of how you want to play football. 

“This season's going to be lost. It will be wasted and you have to start again. If the next manager brings in his own staff, his own players – it's just a whole new revolution again. 

“It's such an absurd situation I see at Man United, and that's why you get uncertainty, that's why you get the differences of performances in the Man United team at the moment.

“I know the talk is always about [Paul] Pogba when we talk about Manchester United, but again, his contract ends at the end of the season, why would he sign another contract when he doesn't even know who the manager's going to be next year? 

“The absurdity in it, I just can't believe what's going on up there.

“It’s about the manager. It’s not about one player, they’ve got good players there. You need a top manager in to get this ship back on the right path, that’s the main thing for me. 

“One player ain’t going to do it, they’ve got top players there. One player, one top player coming in there ain’t going to make a bit of difference. 

“You need leadership from the top to focus everybody underneath you, and then you might have a chance. Get the right manager and you never know where it’s going to take you. 

“If they get it wrong again, they’re going to be in this position for another three or four years.”

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