Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has never been slow when it comes to controversial opinions and his latest outburst is certainly up there with his more provocative musings.
According to the Sky Sports pundit, Mauricio Pochettino must take the Man Utd job if offered it, that the Argentine owes Spurs nothing and United will always be a bigger club.
Jose Mourinho was sacked earlier this week as United manager and has been replaced by former United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a temporary basis.
Solskjaer could obviously take the position for himself if he performs some sort of miracle this season at Old Trafford but it is Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino that remains the cast iron favourite for the job in the summer.
“If Mauricio Pochettino is offered the Manchester United job, he has to take it,” Carragher wrote in his column for The Daily Telegraph.
“That is hard for Tottenham Hotspur supporters to accept. Sadly for them, it is inevitable that they are prey to a more powerful Premier League rival.”
“Hearing some arguments against Pochettino moving to Manchester United, I cannot help but think a reality check is needed.
“It does not matter how great Spurs’ new stadium is and how many supporters fill it. It does not even matter what they win this season or over the next few years.
“Spurs are not Manchester United. They will never be as big as Manchester United.”
The Reds legend also believes that Pochettino will need to leave White Hart Lane in order to achieve his ambitions.
“Pochettino owes Spurs nothing. He has done an unbelievable job with a fraction of United’s budget.
“Only Pochettino’s devotion to his current squad can keep him at Tottenham, allied to a belief he is on the verge of winning the biggest honours.
“The signs have been there since the summer that his team’s capacities are being stretched to the absolute limit. He expressed frustration at being unable to strengthen. This long-term perspective will be the chief consideration should United call.”
Carragher is also of the opinion that a deal will be done in the summer and that United will have to pay a huge fee for Pochettino to take the managers hot seat.
“My suspicion is an agreement will be reached that works for all parties this summer. If Pochettino departs at a considerable price, his successor might have more to spend than the current manager should he stay.”
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