Spurs boss praises Van Gaal as 'one of the best' ever

Mauricio Pochettino has hailed under-pressure Man United boss Louis van Gaal as one of the best managers in the history of the game.

Pochettino has plenty of respect for Louis van Gaal. Credit: PA

Tottenham host United on Sunday with the club's traditional targets reversed, as Spurs look to keep their title hopes alive while the Red Devils chase a place in the top four.

Van Gaal's future at Old Trafford has been under intense scrutiny all season, with underwhelming performances and inconsistent results leaving some supporters dissatisfied with the Dutchman.

Jose Mourinho and even Pochettino have been mentioned in connection with taking over the United post but Tottenham's head coach insists Van Gaal is to be admired.

Pochettino said:

I need to show respect because when I was a player he was a manager at Ajax and Barcelona and his background is amazing and was one of the references as a young coach. You always see Van Gaal when you were a player and how he was, always helping the younger players, I think he is one of the best in the history of managers.

– Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino