By Emma Carr, CNN • Updated 8th August 2017
We already have the wish list of who Sir Alex Ferguson could appoint as Manchester United’s next manager.
Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka is one, with Porto’s Sergio Conceicao expected to be the next, while France boss Didier Deschamps and former United manager David Moyes are also linked with the role.
But on Monday Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher raised eyebrows by calling for Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino to replace Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.
“I am desperate to be allowed to see what Pochettino brings to his team at Tottenham as I do believe he is a fantastic manager,” Carragher told the broadcaster.
“United have under-performed so much, and without Jose Mourinho I think that they need someone big.
“If I was Spurs, I’d get in touch and ask him if he’s interested, and I’d say, ‘do you have to stay with Tottenham?’
“You’ve got to put yourself in his position, if he was the manager of Tottenham Hotspur, I’d be tempted to talk to him.”
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Of course, everything is entirely dependent on an offer coming from the Red Devils, particularly as Jose Mourinho has already said he won’t be leaving the club during the season.
But Carragher could be getting ahead of himself.
After all, while he’s excited to see what Pochettino can do next season, he thinks the Argentine could do even better at Arsenal rather than Old Trafford.
“I do feel that he could do even better at Arsenal and so would I,” Carragher added.
“That is another reason why I’m really keen to see him go to Arsenal because they are a really good club.”
Carragher believes that Ramsey has a lot to offer
CNN Sport’s Maggie O’Kane spoke to Carragher on the opening day of the Premier League, which saw Manchester City beat Newcastle United 3-1 at the Etihad.
Manchester City celebrate the opening goal by Raheem Sterling on the opening day of the Premier League season.
“I think United are still a good team but have under-performed for the last couple of years under Mourinho,” Carragher added.
“They just aren’t quite up to their potential.
“It was a huge night for Jose Mourinho and I think it will end up with something really good for him moving forward.
“People will remember they pulled it out of the bag, so the pressure is now really on Manchester City.”