Ledley King expects Manchester United to be interested in Mauricio Pochettino, but hopes the Tottenham manager will be put off by the “uncertainty” surrounding Old Trafford.
Pochettino has continued to impress in the Premier League, transforming a young Spurs side into title contenders.
As a result the Argentinian’s name has often been included in the constant speculation regarding the United job, with Louis van Gaal’s future increasingly unclear.
But former Spurs captain King is confident the 44-year-old will remain at White Hart Lane.
“We all know Manchester United is a huge club but at the moment there is a lot of uncertainty there with what’s happening,” King told Sky Sports.
“At Tottenham, things seem to be very well balanced. He’s got a group of young players who are singing to his tune so I’m sure he’s just concentrating on finishing the season as well as possible.
“If you’re a player playing well then people will be after you and it’s the same for a coach. But that’s part of the enjoyment of it and I think this manager is enjoying the challenge right now of working with these young players.
“He’s in a great place with a new stadium on the way, so I think the manager is very happy where he is.”
Former England international King, who made 327 appearances for the north Londoners before retiring in 2012, was part of the Spurs squad which reached to Champions League quarter-finals five years ago.
However, the 35-year-old wishes he could have been played in this team under the guidance of Pochettino.
“As much as you go onto the pitch and try to do the right things, much of it depends on the organisation, the preparation and people doing their jobs. Everyone seems to know their jobs at the club now. We’re an organised team,” he added.
“That’s why we’re getting results. They put the work in and they’re getting the rewards. As talented as my group of players were, we just lacked a little bit of the organisation that’s required at the top end in order to get the real results.
“It’s a long time since I was fit – you’d have to go back to when I was 25 or 26 for me to be free of injury and that’s such a long time ago – but to have played in a team like this at the peak of my powers would have been great.
“I’m just so proud of the current team at the moment and how they are doing.”