Since arriving in the Premier League Mauricio Pochettino has proven himself to be a top quality manager at two clubs effectively stamping his blueprint onto Southampton and Tottenham. His teams are well known for playing a high tempo pressing style that has pleased not only the fans of Southampton and Tottenham but neutrals as well.
Pochettino is responsible for the development of several young English players the last few years such as James Ward Prowse, Harry Kane, Dele Ali, Eric Dier and Manchester United’s own Luke Shaw. A quality that instantly adheres him to a key belief and tradition at Manchester United at a time where the academy is not as prominent as it once was Mauricio Pochettino who strongly believes in developing a clubs academy products could reinvigorate the famed Old Trafford youth system.
Louis van Gaal has spent 250 million on new players in his 18 months at the club. In the same time period at Tottenham Pochettino has not even spent half that amount and has developed a young energetic team that has scored 33 goals this season compared to United’s 22. In addition to the high intensity style Tottenham play Pochettino has his team organised with Tottenham bosting the best defence in the league. With the fans of Manchester United fed up of Louis van Gaal’s slow, possession based style of play that goes against everything Manchester United stands for on the pitch. In contrast Mauricio Pochettino’s forward thinking progressive style of play is everything the fans of Manchester United are craving on the pitch at Old Trafford.
There is still a massive rebuilding job to be done at Old Trafford in spite of the fortune spent by van Gaal. In times where the clubs hierarchy seems to believe the only way to bring the club back to where it needs to be is by spending huge amounts on players Mauricio Pochettino who is a strong believer in using players who fit his style would bring a fresh way of thinking to the club. The Argentine has taken Tottenham away from spending for the sake of spending on bigger name players to a transfer policy that brings in players that have the qualities needed to contribute to the high pressing game he demands of his players. In 18 months Pochettino has completely revolutionised the thinking at White Heart Lane both on and off the pitch. If the board at Old Trafford have a long term vision for the club and want to bring back the Manchester United way with the reinvigoration of the youth system and the return of high intensity attacking play then Mauricio Pochettino is the only man for the job.