Mauricio Pochettino reveals what really happened on lunch date with Sir Alex Ferguson

Pochettino met the former United boss for two hours over dinner in a London restaurant on Tuesday, before signing his new contract with Tottenham.

But the Spurs boss, who is admired at Old Trafford, insists he was not there to talk about the United job, and was not offered it.

Asked whether Fergie told him to come to Manchester, Pochettino said: “No. Sir Alex Ferguson is someone from whom we can only learn. It was fantastic.

“It was a dream come true, because when I was young and I started my career as a manager always he was my inspiration, one of my references.

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