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Solskjaer praises Pochettino


Solskjaer acknowledges speculations linking Pochettino with a permanent job at Old Trafford

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked in his pre-match press conference about Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who has been deemed as the favourite to replace him at Manchester United at the end of the season.

Solskjaer was appointed as the caretaker manager in December after Jose Mourinho was issued the marching orders by the club hierarchy following United’s 3-1 loss against Liverpool. The Norwegian has got things back on track, steadying the ship with five consecutive victories in all competitions.

United face their first real test under the 45-year-old when they make the trip to north London to face Tottenham on Sunday and Solskjaer acknowledged the speculations linking Pochettino with the permanent job at Old Trafford next season.

“He’s done a very good job,” the 45-year-old told reporters. “The speculation is there for a reason because he’s done well.

“But it’s not my job to rate different managers. My focus is on me and my team.”

United have looked quite secure at the back under Solskjaer but they face an uphill task on Sunday against Harry Kane. Kane, who has scored 14 goals, is currently tied with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the top of the list and Solskjaer is well aware of the damage that the Englishman can cause to his team.

“He’s not bad, is he? Solskjaer said. “He’s a fantastic goalscorer. One of the best in the world to play up there.

“Then again, I’ve got a couple as well who I’m happy to work with. He’s also a top, top professional. I’m sure whoever plays with him and trains with him can talk more about him.

“But from the outside, he’s a fantastic finisher. He never misses chances really so let’s make sure he doesn’t get any against us.”


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