Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has cited under-fire Manchester United chief Jose Mourinho as one of his biggest inspirations. Pochettino and Mourinho go head-to-head tonight as Spurs visit Old Trafford for a game which is already being described as vital, even at this early stage of the season.
All does not appear to be well at United, with Mourinho reportedly battling fall-outs with the board and key players while a 3-2 loss at Brighton last week did not help matters.
The game is important for Spurs, too, as they look to improve on a generally poor away record at the top-six clubs under Pochettino. Whatever stress Mourinho is under though, his opposite number still holds the utmost respect for him.
Asked what he has learned off Mourinho, Pochettino said: “A lot of things. I think for every single manager that is younger than him he was the inspirational manager.
“Of course he is an unbelievable manager and of course the circumstances that happen with myself and happen with different managers is always going to be up and down. He has been inspirational – but I am younger than him!”