Paul Scholes has said the Manchester United job is Mauricio Pochettino’s if he wants it.
Pochettino has been heavily tipped to become United’s new permanent manager next season following the sacking of Jose Mourinho this week.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been put in charge as caretaker boss until the end of the season, but Pochettino is said to be the only name on the Manchester club’s list of potential long-term appointments.
And Scholes, who won 11 Premier League titles with United during a decorated playing career, is the latest former Red Devil to heap praise on Pochettino amid speculation the Argentinian could leave Tottenham next summer.
“Pochettino’s the man. If he wants the job then I think it’s his,” said Scholes (via the Mirror).
“He carries himself brilliantly with the media and with his team. He promotes young players and most importantly he wins a lot of football matches.
“I know people say he’s got a great team at Tottenham. He has.
“But can he ever really win the league with Tottenham? I’m not sure he can. With United, he’ll have the spending power, the money and he’ll be capable of winning the league. I think if he wants the job then he’s definitely the man.”
Journalists were blocked from asking questions about United in Pochettino’s press conference on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s Premier League trip to Everton.
Later in the press conference, Pochettino urged the media and the club’s fans to get behind the decisions he is making more often.
Spurs go into the festive period on the back of three successive league wins and an EFL Cup quarter-final victory over Arsenal.