Mauricio Pochettino to Man Utd teased as Jan Vertonghen claims coach looking at ‘big team’

Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has offered an insight into Mauricio Pochettino’s mindset, claiming the manager will be getting “impatient” and targeting a job at a “big team” in the Premier League. Pochettino has been out of work for nearly 12 months after being sacked by Spurs and replaced by Jose Mourinho last November.

Manchester United have been repeatedly linked with the Argentinian’s services, while Manchester City could be looking for a new manager with Pep Guardiola yet to commit his future to the club.

Real Madrid have also been mooted as a potential destination for Pochettino but Vertonghen has backed his former boss to return to the Premier League, claiming it “is probably the best thing he can do.”

Speaking on CBS Soccer’s Que Golazo podcast, Vertonghen said: “I think the English league suits him very well as he’s a manager that prioritises fitness levels and the physicality of the game.

“I think managing in the Premier League is probably the best thing he can do.

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“He will always want to coach a big team I guess, so you have to look at the biggest teams in the league and there are only two or three you can really look at I think at this point.

“I won’t name them out of respect for the other managers, but I think that’s what he’s looking at as well and he wants that big team to confirm him what he’s been doing with Tottenham and what he did very well.

“If I was him I would be impatient because he really loved his job and you want to continue that.”

Speaking back in February, Pochettino confirmed his desire to return to English football, telling the In The Pink podcast: “To be honest, I would love to work in the Premier League. 

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“It’s going to be difficult, I know, and for now it’s a moment to wait and we’ll see what happens.

“It’s a moment of recovery, to think about yourself a little bit, and to be ready because in football always something can happen and you need to be ready.

“I’m ready and waiting for a new challenge.

“I have the belief and confidence that the next challenge will be fantastic.

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“I was in Argentina, I was in Qatar, I was in Spain and I have Jesus [Perez, his assistant manager at Tottenham] who follows the news a little bit but I notice the rumours.

“All of the coaching staff accept that there are rumours.

“We deal with rumours naturally.

“The people need natural people, normal people and we don’t say that we are unique with that but we are not actors and we don’t do anything that we don’t believe.”

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