Director of football a "red herring" in Man United's Pochettino chase

Mauricio Pochettino hopes the culprit that threw the bottle at Dele Alli will be caught

There's no denying the Argentine boss has worked wonders at Southampton and Tottenham since he arrived in England over five years ago.

"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". He has done the most incredible job and I do think he is the person who is the most outstanding candidate. "I have a very good relationship with him and it is sad news It's not my business what happens at another club. That's not my business, it's so hard to guess, and then I'm not going to waste time or energy because my focus and my energy is in this club, is on tomorrow and to prepare the best way the games, and of course to respect the club that employs you".

In a surprise decision, Arsenal manager Unai Emery has dropped Mesut Ozil from the Gunners squad to face Tottenham this evening in their Carabao Cup quarter final at the Emirates this evening. As Arsenal improve under Emery they have a genuine opportunity to show further signs of progress by beating Pochettino's men and challenging for the first trophy of the season, although Tottenham will certainly have revenge on their minds after the defeat earlier in the month.

"We need to assess him because he had a cold and he didn't go outside to train", Pochettino told a news conference.

There's been a discussion at Spurs about not spending money on players, I think he is the type of manager who wants to invest every year and improve - at United he gets to do that.

"People will say he hasn't won anything, but United have tried managers that won European Cups, they have tried managers that won multiple leagues, tried managers who have had that solid grounding in the Premier League. I understand you interested because there are a lot of rumours but, look, I am happy here trying to give my best to the club".

"I am very pleased tonight".

"If we consider that can cover 90 minutes, maybe he can play".

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy rebuffed approaches from Real Madrid for Pochettino last summer, but it remains to be seen whether he would be tempted by an offer to follow in the footsteps of his idol Alex Ferguson by taking over at Manchester United. "If you are going to be the most successful manager in global football with Pep Guardiola, you are going to have a dip". You know - Manchester United.

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