ESPN pundit Steve Nicol answers who has the better squad for Pochettino: Spurs or Man United?

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ESPN pundit Steve Nicol has suggested that Mauricio Pochettino is better off at Tottenham than Manchester United.

Pundit and former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol has told ESPN that he thinks Tottenham are a better bet for Mauricio Pochettino than Manchester United.

Pochettino has worked wonders in his two years at White Hart Lane, turning them from a team on the fringes of the top four into a legitimate title contender this season.

Much of Tottenham's progression is down to his work with young players like Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane - and his exploits at White Hart Lane unsurprisingly attracted interest.

The Sun reported back in February that Pochettino was a contender for the Manchester United job if Louis van Gaal leaves the club this summer, and his meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson - as reported by the Daily Mail - only accelerated those rumours.

That was, of course, until Pochettino signed a new five-year contract with Spurs on Thursday, committing his future to the club despite the possible opportunity to make the move to Old Trafford.

On the face of it, snubbing United to stay at Spurs may have seemed almost ridiculous around three years ago, but things appear to have changed. Tottenham are heading back to the Champions League whilst United look set for Europa League qualification, and Pochettino has been able to mould his own squad with young talent at White Hart Lane, whereas United have struggled in the transfer market of late.

Now, pundit Steve Nicol has analysed the situation, telling ESPN that he thinks if you take the names away from the clubs, Tottenham have a better squad than Manchester United for Pochettino to work with.

Nicol added that he does think Spurs can mount another title challenge despite many doubting that suggestion, and added that United may not challenge for the title next season.

"Take the names away; take the name Manchester United away, take the name Spurs away and just pick from the two squads, and look at what has been happening," said Nicol. "Who are you going to say 'I'll have that team'? You're going to say you'll have the Spurs team. I think the next two or three years, this team can stay together and can fight for a Premier League title - I'm not sure Manchester United will next year."

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