Mauricio Pochettino has repeated his claim that he has no influence on Tottenham’s transfer activity in the wake of his side’s Audi Cup win over Real Madrid in Munich.
Tottenham broke their transfer record to sign Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon earlier this month, but Pochettino says he “knows nothing” – and proposed the situation should be reflected in a change of job title.
Pochettino, who swerved questions regarding the future of Danny Rose, told reporters: “I am not in charge and I know nothing about the situation of my players.
“I am only coaching them and trying to get the best from them. Sell, buy players, sign contract, not sign contract – I think it is not in my hands, it’s in the club’s hands and (chairman) Daniel Levy.
“The club need to change my title and description. Of course I am the boss deciding the strategic play, but in another area I don’t know. Today, I feel like I am the coach.”
Pochettino, who has previously intimated frustration with his club’s transfer policy, watched as Harry Kane’s first-half strike proved enough to see them past Zinedine Zidane’s side.
Kane intercepted a wayward back-pass by Marcelo after 22 minutes and slotted what turned out to be the winner past Keylor Navas.
Rose and Christian Eriksen both started for Spurs despite recent transfer speculation, while Gareth Bale was left in Spain purportedly due to illness.
Real striker Rodrygo saw a goal disallowed for offside before fellow teenager Troy Parrott almost grabbed Tottenham’s second in the dying moments but saw his low shot strike the post.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not be drawn on speculation linking Manchester United with a move for Paulo Dybala but hopes to “announce a fresh face or two” before the Premier League season begins.
The Juventus striker is reportedly involved in talks over a switch to Old Trafford in what could effectively turn into a swap deal, with Belgium international Romelu Lukaku heading in the opposite direction.
But following Tuesday night’s 1-0 friendly victory over Solskjaer’s hometown club Kristiansund, the Norwegian manager refused to name names.
He told manutd.com: “I’m not here to talk about rumours about other teams’ players. We’re working on one or two cases. It’s 10 days or so before we start the league and hopefully we can announce a fresh face or two.”
The pre-season victory, settled by a late Juan Mata penalty, was marred by the confirmation that United defender Eric Bailly faces up to five months out following knee surgery.
Bailly suffered the injury during United’s 2-1 win over Tottenham in their pre-season meeting in Shanghai last week.
With the exception of Paul Pogba who started on the bench, Solskjaer, who watched his son Noah make his debut as a late substitute while sitting with his other son, Elijah, named a virtually full-strength side against the Norwegians.
But despite dominating the game for long periods, United failed to break down their opponents until the clock ticked over to stoppage time.
Mata converted the spot-kick after being brought down in the box, but the overall display only served to highlight Solskjaer’s search for new striking options.
Marcus Rashford missed a pair of early chances for the visitors and Scott McTominay lashed a long-range effort against a post.
Pogba appeared for United as one of a host of changes on the hour mark, while Solskjaer witnessed a proud moment for son Noah when he was introduced for the final four minutes.
The Argentine’s spot in the Italian side has been under the scanner ever since former Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Turin. It is believed that a move away from Juventus would do good for his career.
United are reportedly in talks with Juventus for a possible transfer of the player but the deal could be linked to Lukaku joining the Italian giants.
There is no guarantee that the Premier League club will make an offer for Dybala and negotiations are still in the initial stages.
Inter Milan are also potential suitors for Lukaku but the Nerazzurri failed to meet United’s evaluation of the player and are hence in the backseat.
Dybala scored 10 goals for Juventus last season, one of which was a winner against his potential future employees in the group stage of the Champions League.
The 25-year-old could be reunited with former Juventus team-mate Paul Pogba at United, should the Frenchman stay put at the club amid transfer speculations.
Currently, the Argentine is on an extended vacation following his country’s involvement in the Copa America.