The Spurs boss is one of the favourites for the Old Trafford job following Jose Mourinho’s departure, which was confirmed on Sunday morning
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino refused to be drawn on the rumours linking him with the Manchester United job following Jose Mourinho’s sacking.
But the Argentine sent his best wishes to the Special One, saying he ‘feels sorry’ about his Old Trafford exit and that reports of his replacement are ‘not my business’.
United announced Mourinho’s departure on Tuesday morning, with the Portuguese boss having overseen the club’s worst ever start to a Premier League season.
The club confirmed they will wait until the summer to appoint their next permanent boss and a yet-to-be-announced caretaker coach will be in charge until then.
Pochettino was immediately installed as one of the favourites for the role, with a host of other top managers linked with taking over.
Next permanent Man United manager odds
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – 3/1
Laurent Blanc – 6/1
Zinedine Zidane – 6/1
Mauricio Pochettino – 16/1
The Spurs manager spoke to the media on Tuesday to preview Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash with north London derby rivals Arsenal.
Mourinho’s sacking was obviously at the top of the agenda, but the Argentine refused to answer questions about his links with the job and said he sympathised with his Portuguese counterpart.
“First of all I want to send my best wishes to him. I feel so sorry,” Pochettino said.
“I have a very good relationship with Jose, he is a very good friend and this is is sad news.”
Quizzed on the reports linking him with the Old Trafford job, he added: “It is not my business what has happened in another club.
“I only want to send my best wishes to Jose.
“After nearly five years there are a lot of rumours about my position as manager at Tottenham.
“I cannot answer this type of question because rumours happen.
“After nearly five years, what more do I need to say? From day one, not only in the coaching staff but the players too, there are a lot of rumours in football. I accept that, it’s a part of the business.
“I am so focused on trying to deliver my best and our best at this football club and now we have ahead a very busy fixture [schedule] and tomorrow we play another derby and it’s an important derby for us in the quarter-final of the EFL Cup.
“I think you and all the people understand I am focused and we are focused on trying to deliver our best show tomorrow.”