Players not Pochettino should be Man Utd's focus: Solskjaer

Hope Soto
January 14, 2019

It was said in the build-up that United's trip to Wembley was the first major test for Solskjaer, having replaced Jose Mourinho last month.

The win lifts United to level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal and six behind Chelsea, now in the fourth and final Champions League spot, but Spurs remain nine points behind leaders Liverpool. When I had to defend, it is not my best attribute.

"He can become a top, top striker", said Solskjaer. "He's a great link player".

Going into the game, Tottenham occupies the third position with 48 points, 9 behind Liverpool who have played one more than them. "The players are playing well and the team is very strong now".

And yet, amid the dejection, the shaft of light might emerge from the afterglow of United's win and the latest success in their remarkable resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Brazilian youngster Vinicius Junior has impressed in spells, but the 18-year-old still needs time to grow into a finished product.

Solskjaer has accepted the speculation surrounding Pochettino - "because he has done well" - even though he knows little about the Argentinian's management style.

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"I have huge respect for Mourinho and Solskjaer, and I can not talk about what happened (at United)", he said.

Pochettino said he was predicting a tough game that would be "very nice to watch", and declined to say what he felt had changed about United since Mourinho left. From the outside, he looks like that anyway.

It was always an arrogant assumption that Pochettino, who has forged a good working relationship with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and enjoys control of football matters, would simply drop everything at a beckoning finger from Old Trafford.

Lucas Moura, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli can play as attacking figures, but Kane's potential absence would leave a monstrous hole in the Spurs attack, and Pochettino must venture into the transfer market, if Kane is injured.

Despite the positive start he has made to his reign, Solskjaer revealed he has had no further discussions about his situation with the United hierarchy. It was a hard fought victory for the Red Devils, which took them level on points with Arsenal.

"You don't plan five or six months or whatever it was and then suddenly after two weeks change that". We do outsprint teams, we've produced higher intensity than the opposition in every single one of them.

"But I think overall the performance was fantastic".

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