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SportTottenham v Manchester United: Should Solskjaer or Pochettino get Old Trafford top job?

10:16  11 january  2019
10:16  11 january  2019 Source:   goal.com

Spurs v United not about me or Pochettino – Solskjaer

Spurs v United not about me or Pochettino – Solskjaer Manchester United's trip to Tottenham is not about Mauricio Pochettino or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to the Red Devils boss.

Diego Simeone was linked with the Manchester United job last summer when the first rumblings of discontent were heard around Old Trafford . A particular plus can be found in the fact that the former Everton boss seems to be the man to get the best out of United striker Romelu Lukaku.

We got it and then we punished. Lucas is a fantastic player. The top six are so strong now and you have to stay up there. Much of the focus will be on Manchester United , who should sack Jose Mourinho tomorrow, but let’s not forget that this is a famous night for Tottenham .

Tottenham v Manchester United: Should Solskjaer or Pochettino get Old Trafford top job? © Getty Images Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mauricio Pochettino are leading contenders for the Manchester United job

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's winning run as Manchester United's interim manager is on the line against the front-runner for the job, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, when the sides meet at Wembley on Sunday.

Pochettino has long been talked of as a future United boss and the sacking of Jose Mourinho last month created a vacancy, which has been filled impressively by Solskjaer on an interim basis.

The Molde manager has set out his stall with five wins out of five and has made no secret of his desire to earn the chance to take charge permanently at the end of the season.

'We don't kick a ball' - Spurs v United not about me or Pochettino, claims Solskjaer

'We don't kick a ball' - Spurs v United not about me or Pochettino, claims Solskjaer The trip to Tottenham is not a showdown of managers, but a clash between top players, according to the Old Trafford boss

Get all the breaking Manchester United news. Man United Should Do Everything To Beat Man City And Sign Paulo Dybala TheFootyBlog.net (Weblog)17:40. Whether it's the very latest transfer news from Old Trafford , quotes from an Ole Gunnar Solskjaer press conference, match previews and

Man Utd 0-3 Tottenham . Lucas Moura scored twice as Tottenham stunned Manchester United with a 3-0 win at Old Trafford on Monday Night Football. Danny Rose so nearly handed United an early lead with a loose back-pass, but Romelu Lukaku will feel he should have scored having rolled the ball

Pochettino, meanwhile, has shown signs of frustration with Tottenham's transfer policy, but also said this week he could envisage staying in north London for 20 years.

But who is most equipped to earn one of the biggest jobs in football? Two Omnisport writers, Jamie Smith and Jon Fisher, make their case.

POCHETTINO - Jamie Smith

Tottenham's 3-0 Premier League win at Old Trafford in August was a clear sign Mourinho's star was waning, with Pochettino the coming man.

As an audition for the United job, the counter-attacking football used by Spurs in that victory may have counted against Pochettino, but he could not have failed to catch the eye of United chief executive Ed Woodward.

The 46-year-old is reportedly Woodward's favourite for the role and it is easy to see why. He is hugely popular with players, Spurs play attractive football, he develops talent and perhaps most importantly he is a club-builder, which United desperately need in the post-Alex Ferguson era.

Pochettino dismisses talk of tactical duel with Solskjaer

Pochettino dismisses talk of tactical duel with Solskjaer Tottenham went down 1-0 to Manchester United on Sunday, but Mauricio Pochettino's focus was on his team and not Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Manchester United will continue with a thorough process in the search for a new manager despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 's perfect start as caretaker. Sources: Solskjaer won't get Utd job by default. 2hMark Ogden. January Transfer Tracker for Europe's top clubs.

Tottenham GAG Mauricio Pochettino from talking about Man United interest as club officials interrupt press conference to ban questions. United want Pochettino to replace Jose Mourinho at the helm from next season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named as United 's interim manager until end of campaign.

The lack of silverware in an otherwise superb coaching career remains a blot on Pochettino's copybook, although Spurs may right that record in this season's EFL Cup having earned a 1-0 lead in their semi-final against London rivals Chelsea.

But it is easy to argue Pochettino could have delivered trophies had he been given more backing in the transfer market, with Lucas Moura the only player to have joined Spurs in the past year.

Harry Kane has grown into the world's top poacher under the Argentinian, while Christian Eriksen is now among the planet's top playmakers, earning links to LaLiga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid - the pair spectacularly realising their potential largely down to Pochettino's hard work.

If United want a likable manager with Premier League experience, who can work to a budget considerably smaller than that of clubs like rivals Manchester City, it is clear Pochettino is the outstanding candidate.

Pochettino dismisses talk of tactical duel with Solskjaer

Pochettino dismisses talk of tactical duel with Solskjaer Tottenham went down 1-0 to Manchester United on Sunday, but the manager's focus was on his team and not his counterpart

MANCHESTER — Jose Mourinho and Manchester United are in a really, really bad place It took Tottenham until the end of the first half to figure out how to get an attack going as they could have Pochettino was the man who did that on Monday and proved just how much further Tottenham are

Why Man United cannot give Solskjaer the permanent job , explains Paul Parker. Shock name linked with Manchester United job as back-up for Pochettino . for the future. It’s now likely Mousa Dembele will get his first start of the campaign to add some steel and guile against a higher calibre

SOLSKJAER - Jon Fisher

The role of the modern-day manager at the elite level has changed in recent years and it's one of the reasons why Solskjaer is even in the running to take over at Manchester United for the long term.

You don’t need to be a tactical genius or an ace motivator – the key quality required is the ability to harmonise a dressing room of multi-language, multi-ethnic, multi-millionaires.

Zinedine Zidane is the best example of this. His tactics were frequently muddled – although always centred around attacking football – but the morale he fostered in his Real Madrid squad meant the players usually dug him out of a hole.

"You can talk all you want about tactics or techniques, but if you don't have the players on your side, you won't have the collective motivation to put a system in place or the players to make it work,” said another former Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti when asked to discuss Zidane’s secret.

One look at Solskjaer at United and you can see parallels. The Norwegian is hugely popular in the dressing room and on the terraces.

He has influential players like Paul Pogba on board and firing. The result? Five successive wins.

Solskjaer is the safe choice. Bringing in Pochettino would require the players to play a different game and, like it or not, Pogba and his team-mates hold all the aces.

Solskjaer backs Manchester United's Rashford to reach Kane's level.
Marcus Rashford has excelled since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge at Manchester United.

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