MAURICIO POCHETTINO would snub a move to Manchester United as his Tottenham squad is stronger.
That's according to ex-England manager Sam Allardyce, whose verdict is another sign of United's declining status as pressure mounts on their manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
2 Mauricio Pochettino would choose to stay at Spurs for their squad over the tradition of Man Utd, claims Sam AllardyceCredit: EPA
2 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen Man Utd drop to 12th in the Premier League, with just nine points from their first eight gamesCredit: Getty – Contributor
United's displays this season have been as poor as their results, notably a 0-0 draw at AZ Alkmaar and a 1-0 Premier League loss at Newcastle in their last two games.
Pochettino has long been linked with the United job, even before Solskjaer's superb start as caretaker chief last December gave way to the slump since April.
But former Everton, West Ham and Newcastle boss Allardyce believes Pochettino would be deterred by the huge rebuilding job needed at Old Trafford.
The Metro report Big Sam as saying: "I can’t see Mauricio going anywhere at the moment.
"Tottenham are a better squad than Manchester United – and that is a telling fact.
"It’s alright saying, 'this is Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world'. But has it got the team to go with it to represent Manchester United?"
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All the speculation means Solskjaer might think the international break has come at the right time for him and his much criticised players.
Everton chief Marco Silva is the only Premier League boss whose 'next manager to get the sack' odds are shorter.
And United are 12th after just two wins in eight games, just two points above the drop zone, with Everton third bottom.
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The Old Trafford board are reportedly keen to give Solskjaer time to both radically overhaul his squad and instil a flowing style that United have so far failed to produce this campaign.
But it was also suggested over the weekend that the United hierarchy want to avoid spending big in January, to avoid flop buys like record money-getter Alexis Sanchez.
So that would make it even more important for Solskjaer to prove his man-management and tactical skills before next summer.