“It’s enjoyable because the hunger is there, which comes from the pressing and working hard,” said English forward Jay Rodriguez, another former record signing. “We all enjoy the pressing when we’re creating chances, but the main thing for us is keeping clean sheets.”
With United reconstructing and the English top flight in a state of flux, there are opportunities for teams looking to upset the traditional hierarchy and Pochettino is not ruling out a tilt at a European place.
“I have been saying for a couple of weeks now that the sky is the limit,” said the Argentine, who led Southampton to a 14th-place finish last season. “We don’t set ourselves any limits.”