Pochettino would “eventually” manage Manchester United, says Danny Rose

Kweku Lawrence
By Kweku Lawrence
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Danny Rose has tipped former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino to eventually become Manchester United’s manager at some point in his career.

Pochettino has been without a club since leaving Spurs during the course of the 2019/20 season and is free to join any club that approaches him without paying compensation.

The Argentine has constantly been linked with the Red Devils even before the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and was recently being credited as the favourites to manage Newcastle United under the new owners.

Rose told The Lockdown Tactics when questioned about the possibility of his former boss managing a top club, “Without a doubt, without a doubt.” Pressed on where he thought he would end up, he replied: “Eventually, United.”


Rose was not Pochettino favourite heading in the last days of manager at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and was shipped out on loan to the Magpies in January by Jose Mourinho.

The player also took the opportunity to compare how it feels like playing under the former Southampton boss and current manager Steve Bruce.

“Even under Poch, he had a different culture to the British,” Rose said. “It wasn’t that he didn’t understand it. You know the British like to have a drink, it was just something that he couldn’t get his head around.

“He wasn’t willing to compromise on that, either. Even after we beat Ajax in the Champions League semi-final and it was obviously the biggest night of our careers. On the flight home we weren’t allowed a drink.

“It was ‘no you’re training tomorrow, you’re up at 9’. It’s just one of those things. British managers do different things.

“Foreign managers, sometimes it’ll take them time to adapt or for the players to adapt to them. It’s something that is just one of those things in football.


“In the changing room and we went back out to the fans, for that hour I felt on top of the world. Then we got back on the plane and we were trying to have a drink and he wasn’t having it. He was like ‘No, we’ve got a game on Saturday’. The night was over.

“I do fully respect what he’s done but at the same time with that Champions League semi-final we’d been together since we were 22 or 23, so for me that’s all I’d known for the past five or six years, you’d play and then get one day off if you’re lucky and that’s it, you’re grafting for the rest of the week.

“So now I’m at Newcastle, you’re getting two or three days off a week if you win, so I’m thinking what’s going on here then? It’s a shock to the system.

“We’d only get one day off if we were lucky under Poch. Even in international breaks, he’d see the ones who would go away as having a holiday because training isn’t as hard with your national team.

“So if you weren’t in the national team you were getting beasted in training. You’d only get Saturday or Sunday off and then you’d get somewhere like Liverpool where they’re getting seven to 10 days off.

“We’ve been programmed a certain way in the last five or six years and going to Newcastle it’s different. I’ve missed playing for a British manager and I’m getting used to it again.”

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