Tuesday 6 December 2016

Mauricio Pochettino reveals all about his lunch with Alex Ferguson

Published 13/05/2016 | 20:02

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted he did not discuss taking over as Manchester United manager in his lunch with Alex Ferguson in London on Monday.

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Former United manager and current Old Trafford director Ferguson was photographed leaving a London restaurant after a meeting with Pochettino, sparking rumours that the Argentine was being lined up to replace Louis van Gaal at United.

Yet Pochettino has since signed a new five-year contract to remain with Tottenham, as he offered this view of his exchange with Ferguson.

"For me, it was a dream come true," Pochettino said of his meeting with the 13-time Premier League winning manager.

"When I was young, when I started my career as a manager, he was always my inspiration, my reference and when you can share two hours with a person who, for me, was the greatest manager in the world, the history of football, only you can enjoy.

"It was difficult because I wanted to stop time but it was impossible. It was fantastic.

"Did he ask about Manchester United? No. If you know Sir Alex Ferguson, he is a person we can all learn from because he has a fantastic history about football and about life."

Pochettino's comments suggest his lunch with Ferguson offered an opportunity to learn from one of the game's greats and it appears he has developed a similar winning mentality to the former Man Utd boss, as he sets his sights high for success at Tottenham.

"The supporters and their feelings are very important, but we are professional," added Pochettino.

"To move on, we need to sometimes put out the emotions, to be clever, we need to fight first to improve ourselves and be strong in our ideas.

"I can understand it, for our supporters it's special to be above Arsenal, but I want to be second not because we'll be above our enemy, our opponent, but because we are ambitious.

"Maybe one day Arsenal finish eighth, we finish seventh, yes we're above but it's not a success for us."

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