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'Mourinho is unbelievable' – Under-fire Man Utd boss earns praise from Pochettino

11:59 AM IST 27/08/18
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The Tottenham head coach has heaped praise on a good friend he considers to be "an inspiration" ahead of a Premier League clash at Old Trafford

Mauricio Pochettino considers Jose Mourinho to be "an inspiration", with the Manchester United manager hailed ahead of Tottenham's trip to Old Trafford.

Mourinho is under pressure at United following a tumultuous pre-season and last week's shock 3-2 Premier League defeat at Brighton.

The 55-year-old boss, who replaced Louis van Gaal in 2016, is reportedly at odds with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward after United failed to meet Mourinho's transfer demands before the deadline, with Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant the only new faces.

But Pochettino has heaped praise on the Portuguese before Monday's showdown in Manchester, having struck up a friendship with former Real Madrid tactician Mourinho during his time at Espanyol.

"For every single manager who is younger than him, he was an inspiration," Spurs manager Pochettino said. "For everyone.

"Of course. I took a lot of things from him. So many things. He is an unbelievable manager.

"I am younger than him, of course. The circumstances that happen with me, that happen with other managers, they will happen, it is up and down.

"He is an inspirational manager for a manager like me. I have a very good relationship with Mou from when I was a manager of Espanyol and I have full respect for him and the club."

Pochettino's Tottenham will be looking to make it three wins from three matches to open the Premier League season, while United are desperate to avoid back-to-back defeats.