Sir Alex Ferguson has already given Mauricio Pochettino verdict before Man United decision

Following Erik ten Hag’s departure from Chelsea, Mauricio Pochettino has been tipped to take over as manager of Manchester United; Sir Alex Ferguson has already called the Argentine “fantastic.”

After just one season in command, Pochettino, 52, has departed Chelsea; his departure was officially announced on Tuesday. It happens at a time when Sir Jim Ratcliffe is ushering in a new era at United, placing pressure on Ten Hag’s position.

This Saturday, Manchester City and United square off in the FA Cup final, but United had their lowest-ever Premier League result. The Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna, a former Old Trafford coach, is one of the possible options the club’s administration is examining for the dugout.

It should come as no surprise that Pochettino’s name is suddenly associated with United, considering his availability and Premier League background. Two years ago, Pochettino reached the final shortlist of two to take over as United’s manager, but the Glazers chose Ten Hag over him.

That was when Pochettino had just left Paris Saint-Germain, having spent five years in charge at Tottenham. It was during his time as Spurs boss that Pochettino made a favourable impression on Ferguson.

“Well the manager has been fantastic,” said Ferguson, who was in charge of United at the time. “They have a bad record of managers, there is no doubt about that. They have had so many over the years, but this lad has composure.

“You never see him ruffled and the way his team play is a testimony to the work he is doing. The most important thing for English football is how many English and young players are in his team.

“He understands the advantage of playing young people. They won’t let you down and they have been fantastic.

“[Dele] Alli, [Harry] Kane, [Ryan] Mason, [Danny] Rose, [Eric] Dier, all English players. [Kyle] Walker, the right back , although he has been there for a bit longer.”

Pochettino gave his view on missing out on the United job in 2022 in an interview with Spanish media. He said: “Football is timing. These are the moments for it to coincide and for that marriage to happen. Sometimes it’s just a matter of time.

“I don’t believe in trains passing only once. I think that sometimes you have to have the necessary patience and you have to know how to wait.

“The ‘timing’ is handled by football, it is true that my name has always been associated with big clubs. I have a lot of respect for professionals and it’s hard for me to sell myself, that’s work for you. That routine that is generated when you are at work is created as a result of the adrenaline of day-to-day. You miss it.”

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