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Harry Kane wants to see what Mauricio Pochettino does next with Manchester United keen

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Harry Kane wants to see what Mauricio Pochettino does next with Manchester United keen but insists he wants him to stay and win a trophy at TottenhamMauricio Pochettino is leading the rest of the pack for the Manchester United jobHarry Kane hailed his man management and coaching ahead of United game He also said that he wants to win a trophy with the Argentine at Tottenham 

Harry Kane has admitted he and his Tottenham team-mates are as intrigued as the rest of football about what Mauricio Pochettino intends to do next - and wants to win a trophy with him at Spurs.

While speculation is rife that Pochettino may be lined up as the next Manchester United or Real Madrid manager, the Argentinian has been cryptic in his comments, at times refusing to rule out the possibility of a move and on the other hand talking about his long-term commitment to Spurs.

And Kane says the players cannot avoid hearing what their manager is saying, especially in the build-up to Sunday's clash with United at Wembley. 'It's hard not to,' said the England captain.

Harry Kane is intrigued to see what Mauricio Pochettino does next amid doubts over his future

'You see it on Sky Sports News and social media and stuff like that. We are fully behind the manager and love the way he works.' 

Pochettino's man-management is one of the reasons why he is so much in demand, and Kane revealed how the 46-year-old has got Tottenham punching above their weight consistently. 'He has a great personality,' added the striker.

'He's a great manager but he's a great guy off the pitch as well. You can have a bit of banter with him. He treats you like a friend, but he earns that respect from you. He's great to talk to, but most importantly he is a great coach and we all want to play for him.

'We've built a great team and a great unit over the last three or four years. It's down to us to continue that and take another step forward if we can.' 

He hailed the man management ability of Pochettino and said that he was a 'great guy'

Spurs have not finished outside the top three since 2015, and are third at the moment, in the last 16 of the Champions League and lead Chelsea 1-0 after the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

'We have to be consistent in these top games and these big competitions. We are still in all the competitions and it's about turning that into a trophy. It was a good result (against Chelsea) but there's still a lot of work to do.' 

Kane is expecting another big test from United who have won all five games since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho before Christmas.

'They have been in great form so it will be another tough game. But we feel confident against the bigger teams. We know we can play with the ball and we also know we can dig deep and catch teams on the counter-attack. We are going to need both those attributes and we're looking forward to it.'

Kane expects a tough test when they face a resurgent United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Roy Keane once revealed how Sir Alex Ferguson's simple team-talk used to be 'Lads, it's Tottenham!' when United regularly beat Spurs, but the Reds have not won this away fixture since 2012, and lost 3-0 to the Londoners at Old Trafford earlier this season.

Kane acknowledges Spurs are no longer underdogs in clashes against the rest of the top six. 'Over the last few years we have turned that around. We were always the ones going into these games as the underdog and now some of these games we are going into as favourites, especially at home.' 

Indeed Spurs have beaten every Premier League team during the past three seasons, as well as recording Champions League victories over Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund, whom they face again next month after drawing at Barcelona in December.

'When we are on good form, we can dominate any team in Europe, really. We've done it in the Champions League and we've done it against the big teams in certain games. But it's about consistency. United are coming off some great results, they are going to be confident and they are going to have a lot of energy. 

The England striker hailed the maturity of his team-mates and Spurs and how they win games

'They won't have played midweek like we had. We have to bring that same energy. That's when we're at our best, when we're pressing and everyone is on the front foot. When we match their intensity, keep the ball and make it hard for them, that's when we can do damage.' 

And although Tottenham have a long way to go to catch United's record trophy haul, at least they are no longer seen as their inferiors on the pitch.

'United have an amazing history and have won so many titles, a lot more than Tottenham have. What we have done as a team with Mauricio and the staff is to change the perception of Spurs over the last three or four years. 

'We are at the stage now where we have a mature team. We are not young anymore. It's important we keep ourselves at this high level, at the top. I know that the teams around us know it's difficult to play us and we have to use that to our advantage.' 

Kane recently moved ahead of Cliff Jones to become Tottenham's third highest goalscorer

And for Kane, there are more personal milestones to aim for. His winner against Chelsea moved him ahead of Cliff Jones of the club's famous double-winning side of the 1960s, as the club's third highest goalscorer.

Jones is now a club ambassador and praised Kane, who said: 'He (Cliff) mentioned something on social media which I replied to. He's obviously a club legend, it's great to have that praise from him and other pros that have played for the club as well.' 

Another 15 goals would take Kane past Martin Chivers into third place, behind Bobby Smith and then the ultimate target would be to catch the great Jimmy Greaves, who hit 266 goals in 379 games for Spurs. 'That would be nice,' he smiled.


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