Sir Alex Ferguson has privately described Pochettino as 'the best manager in the Premier League'

Sir Alex Ferguson has been very complimentary of Mauricio Pochettino

The glory days for Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson seem a very long time ago after the failures of the men that succeeded him.

David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have all come and gone following Ferguson's departure in 2013.

Mourinho was perhaps the most successful man of the trio, winning three trophies in his three year spell at the club.

But, after a dismal start to the season, he too lost his job following a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool this weekend.

United moved quickly in replacing him, bringing in former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the rest of the season.

Reports emerged this morning stating that United have paid Molde £1.8 million to take him 'on loan' until the end of the season, and have also inserted a clause which means they can take him beyond the rest of the season if they pay the Norwegian club £7.2 million.

However, it is believed that United will go in a different direction irrespective of Solskjaer's results.

So, who are the contenders to take charge next season?

One of the most heavily linked names is Mauricio Pochettino.

And, it seems he has the seal of approval from Sir Alex Ferguson himself.

Sir Alex Ferguson is backing Mauricio Pochettino take charge of Man Utd next season

The Evening Standard have reported that the legendary Scottish manager has privately described the current Spurs boss as the ‘best manager in the Premier League’.

There are very few people that would disagree with that assessment.

Pochettino worked wonders in his first job in England with Southampton, and he has now turned Spurs into a perennial top four team.

It's no wonder that Ferguson thinks so highly of him.

Ferguson is not the only big name to back Pochettino for the United job.

Gary Neville has also raved about the 46-year-old, saying he is a 'perfect fit' for United.

"I said last season that the next manager of Man Utd should be Pochettino," Neville told Sky Sports News.

Mauricio Pochettino has done a fantastic job at Man United

"If I look at the values of United, you look at Pochettino's belief in young players at Southampton and with Tottenham.

"My view is they need someone who meets the three key principles of that football club - the promotion of youth, entertaining football and to win football matches.

"So at this moment in time, I see him - and people will suggest that he has not won a trophy yet at Tottenham, but with a net spend of -£29m, or something over the last four years, he could not have done more.

"He has done the most incredible job and I do think he is the person who is the most outstanding candidate."

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