Pochettino: Fergie’s presence at Man Utd a ‘massive, important thing’

Mauricio Pochettino believes it is ‘massive’ for Manchester United that Sir Alex Ferguson is playing a more active role around the club.

Ferguson is enjoying an increasing presence back at United following his illness last year, having visited caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the training ground lately.

Ahead of Tottenham’s clash with United on Sunday, Pochettino, who Ferguson is known to be a huge admirer of, says that can only be good for the Red Devils.

“I think it’s fantastic news because he is football,” he said. “Sir Alex means football and of course to be involved in his football club as always is fantastic news after he suffered a massive problem in the last few months.

“I think to be involved again, I think for him and for Manchester sure it’s a massive, important thing.

“I cannot hide my admiration and my relationship with him. He always one of the people I admired the most. An inspiration.

“I was so lucky with Jesus (Perez) to share with him a very nice lunch in London. After that we keep a very good relationship and of course it’s nothing to hide because we are football people and admire these kind of people like him.

“I think all the fans of Manchester United and of course for the players and for the staff always it is to have a person involved every day there is a massive impact.

“And I think he was the best manager in the world, in the history of football. And to have the possibility to see him every day is massive.

“It’s like having the big book of Larousse (an encyclopaedia), like a dictionary. And he is like an encyclopaedia of football.”

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