Mourinho sacked: Pochettino focused on Spurs amid Manchester United rumours

Pochettino has been at Spurs since 2014 but has consistently been linked with the managerial post at Manchester United; links that will only strengthen now that the job is vacant.

"After five years what do I need to say more?

They were very impressive in the 4-2 win against Spurs but they had a fully-fit back line, which they are not going to have this time around".

"From that point of view, I don't think anyone could argue with his pedigree". Yes he has been supported in the transfer market to a level, but it is a hard club at a time when others are doing things better.

Speaking to reporters ahead of Spurs' League Cup quarterfinal against Arsenal on Wednesday, Pochettino addressed the reports that the Old Trafford club want him as their long-term boss. A former player would certainly hit home for United fans, but neither Giggs or Solskjaer have had any big jobs to prove they can take on as high-profile of a gig as this one.

We need to assess him because he had a cold and he didn't go outside to train.

The January transfer window swings open in a couple of weeks, and there will no doubt be a catalogue of clubs scrambling around for his signature.

"What is going to happen is not in our hands, I mean the decision in another club, we don't know".

On the pitch in that tie it was a match where both sets of players had to be separated by coaches and managers after a scuffle between substitutes and Tottenham's players following Eric Dier's goal.

Within the next 24 hours, United are expected to name a caretaker manager who will take charge of the team until the end of the season but the club are already working on finding a replacement to take over on a permanent basis next summer. "I am not creating rumours, I am here".

"Like always in football, no-one can guarantee nothing and when you are a manager, look what happened", he said.

"I think he's very happy at Tottenham", the Spaniard said.

"If you came down from the moon and didn't know anything about Manchester United, you'd think they're an average Premier League team".

"You look at his belief in young players at Southampton and Tottenham, his performance levels and style of play, the way he carries himself at all times publicly and in private and he seems to be the ideals candidate".

  • Rosalie Stanley