Sir Alex Ferguson is widely regarded to be one of the greatest coaches of all time, but Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has a lot in common with the Manchester United legend according to one Old Trafford icon.
Teddy Sheringham racked up more than 100 appearances in a Manchester United shirt, as well as scoring and assisting the goals that won the Red Devils the UEFA Champions League final in 1999.
The former striker also netted over 100 times for Tottenham Hotspur during two spells at the club, and has likened current Spurs’ coach Pochettino to his old Manchester United mentor Ferguson.
Speaking about Spurs’ Champions League semi-final victory over Ajax on Love Sport Radio, the 53-year-old said: “You look at Sir Alex Ferguson, his will to win and desire to fight until the last minute, that was embedded into our football team at the time and it’s the same with Pochettino.
“He (Pochettino) put the big centre-forward on in the second half (against Ajax) but it wasn’t just all about lumping it up to him.
“They still played at the right times and still got it down in the right hand and left hand corner with the full-backs and still passed their way out of it.
“And then when it was time to put it up to the big centre-forward, it went up there.”
“That all comes from Pochettino, he tells them how he wants them to play, and he demands how he wants them to play, and the desire that they showed for the manager, the football club and for each other last night – just unbelievable scenes.
“That’s why he was in such an emotional state at the end of the game, because it all came together.
“All that training, all that focus, and all that positional sense to make everybody understand, that’s where it comes from – plus a little rub of the green obviously, with Ajax hitting the post a couple of times and having chances.
“They didn’t take their chances and if you refer to 20 years ago (in the Champions League final) Bayern Munich didn’t take their chances and we had the belief to say that if they don’t take their chances then we’ve still got a chance.”
Ferguson won two Champions League finals during his time at Old Trafford, alongside a further 23 major honours across almost three decades at the helm.
Pochettino will be hoping to follow a similar trophy-laden path – starting with a win against Liverpool in Tottenham Hotspur's first ever Champions League final next month.