Manchester United interim manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, insists Sunday’s trip to Tottenham should be about the players and not his clash with Mauricio Pochettino. According to multiple reports, Pochettino is at the top of United’s managerial wishlist for next season.
Solskjaer, who has recorded five consecutive wins since replacing Jose Mourinho, has made it clear that he would love to become United’s next permanent manager, making the Spurs boss his main rival.
Sunday’s Premier League clash at Wembley gives fans a chance to watch the two aspirants in action, but the Norwegian refuses to see the Premier League clash as an audition for the Old Trafford hot seat.
“It should always be about the players, because it’s not about me. It’s not about him,” said Solskjaer, as quoted by France 24.
“We don’t kick a ball at all. They kick a ball. Of course, we might make a decision here or there, but it’s down to the players to perform and I’m sure my boys are ready.”
The former United forward has focused on improving his squad’s fitness since taking over, and recently conducted a couple of warm-weather training sessions in Dubai.
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“We always used to do that with the boss (Ferguson) as well, come January. We had a mini pre-season and I think it’s important, when you’ve got a full week, that you do a proper training week,” he added.
“But looking at the stats in the five games since I came in, they’ve gone up. We do outsprint teams, we’ve produced higher intensity than the opposition in every single one of them.”
“I think that’s one of the best compliments you can get as a coach, when the other manager says ‘Your boys worked hard’ because if my boys work as hard as this, it will take a lot to beat us,” he concluded.