The Manchester United interim manager had requested Ferguson to come to the training ground to speak to the first-team players, hoping the legend’s wisdom will help turn the club’s fortunes around.
Pochettino is excited to see Ferguson return to the fold, and believes his idol’s return will aid United greatly over the course of the season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a shrewd move by getting Sir Alex Ferguson back involved, says Mauricio Pochettino.https://t.co/P6Esg7BnZv
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 11, 2019
“It is fantastic news because he is football, Sir Alex means football. For him to be involved is massively important,” said Pochettino, ahead of hosting the Red Devils on Sunday, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“Did you send best wishes when he was ill? Yes, I did. I cannot hide my admiration and relationship with him. He was one of the people I admired the most, an inspiration.”
“We had a very nice lunch in London [in 2016] and since then we have kept a good relationship. We are football people. Has Ferguson given United a new energy? He is the best manager in the history of football. To see him every day is massive. He is an encyclopaedia of football.”
Spurs are currently seven points ahead of United in the Premier League table and will play for their third successive Premier League win over the Old Trafford outfit on Sunday.
“We’ve beaten them the last three times at home in the Premier League – twice at White Hart Lane and once at Wembley,” said Pochettino.
“I don’t know what happened in the past but games like Tuesday’s semi-final against Chelsea please me a lot. Maybe our performance wasn’t the best but we competed very well.”
“The team is very competitive, that is true. I don’t know if that was the case in the past between the two teams,” he concluded.