By Danny Wright

19th Apr, 2018 | 2:27pm

Poch will kickstart fall of his Tottenham empire if he starts fringe player v Man United

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has made massive improvements at the North London club and deserves a lot of credit for what he has done.

However there has always been that criticism that he is yet to win any silverware with his star-studded squad after a few years of being the nearly-men.

On Saturday, Tottenham have a huge chance to reach the FA Cup final if they can beat Manchester United at their temporary Wembley home in the semi-final.

A win against Jose Mourinho’s side will see Spurs face either relegation-threatened Southampton or underachievers Chelsea in a final that could see Pochettino’s men go in as heavy favourites.

They will only make it to the final though if they beat United, of course, but Pochettino has delivered a worrying sign ahead of the game.

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In his press conference on Thursday, the Argentinean manager suggested that he could start fringe player Michel Vorm over club captain Hugo Lloris in the semi-final – and that one decision could be enough to kickstart the fall of his Tottenham empire.

Vorm has played every minute of every FA Cup game so far and has made a few blunders.

And although he played well against Swansea in the quarter-final, he is still nowhere near as good as captain Lloris.

The France international simply has to start, you don’t get to semi-finals of major competitions to leave out the best players just because they have played more of a role in getting that far.

Would Pochettino consider starting Fernando Llorente over Harry Kane? Or Juan Foyth over Jan Vertonghen? No. Just because second-choice goalkeepers do not get much football, it doesn’t mean that a massive gamble should be taken on them in what is basically Spurs’ biggest game of their season.

Tottenham have to win the FA Cup this campaign, otherwise there would be a lot of players demanding to leave in the summer.

And that kind of mutiny is what could force Spurs back into their old ways.

In other Tottenham news, Arsenal legend Martin Keown has been drooling over this £75,000-a-week Spurs player after an announcement was made.

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