Manchester United told why they should not appoint Mauricio Pochettino as next manager

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Manchester United should not appoint Mauricio Pochettino as their next boss because he is not an “elite” manager, according to former Tottenham striker Darren Bent. Pochettino is the favourite to replace the sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford. The Argentine is still in charge of Paris Saint-Germain but is reportedly keen on leaving mid-season to join United.

Pochettino spent five years in charge at Tottenham in the Premier League after a spell at Southampton.

He wasn’t able to win any silverware with Spurs but led them to Champions League and Carabao Cup finals, as well as a second-placed finish in the Premier League.

Pochettino won the French League Cup with PSG shortly after being appointed but failed to lead the club to the Ligue 1 title last term.

Bent agrees with fellow former Spurs star Danny Murphy that Pochettino is yet to prove he is in the top bracket of managers.

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“I still don’t think he’s an elite manager,” Bent told talkSPORT.

“I’m totally behind what Danny Murphy said, in terms of he’s still yet to be proven that he is an elite manager working with elite players.

“He’s still not found a way of getting Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the team consistently and playing well.

“Even though he came in halfway through last season, he still managed to lose the French league.”

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Bent says former PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is an elite manager but says it would be a risk for United to appoint Pochettino due to the lack of silverware he has won.

He added: “I look at for instance Thomas Tuchel [Chelsea manager], now Thomas Tuchel I think is an elite manager.

“I can remember people calling up the station and saying that he wasn’t an elite manager, all he has ever won is the French league and that doesn’t make him an elite manager.

“He only became elite once he took Chelsea to the Champions League, now he is one of the best managers in the world.

“I like Pochettino, what he did at Spurs was fantastic, he made average players and turned them into better players, he developed some of the younger players down there.

“Some of the performances we were seeing from Spurs, the way they played, the press, it was really good to watch.

“As Danny was saying, he’s won the French cup, he’s going to win the French League but is still yet to convince me at the elite level.

“Can he go on and win the big, big trophies? That’s why it’s a risk because he hasn’t been there before.”

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