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Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino applauds at the end of the English Premier League football match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 23, 2018.

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ByPA Sport
10/01/2019 at 20:51 | Updated 10/01/2019 at 22:33

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer understands why Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been heavily tipped to take the reins on a permanent basis at Manchester United.

Pochettino has led Spurs to top-three Premier League finishes in each of the last three seasons while his brand of attacking football has earned plenty of admirers both in this country and on the continent.

The Argentinian is the favourite to be appointed the full-time successor to Jose Mourinho in the summer although Solskjaer, who is in caretaker charge until the end of the season, has made an encouraging case for retention.

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The Norwegian has equalled Sir Matt Busby’s record in winning his first five fixtures at the helm of United and he could further his cause when he pits his wits against Pochettino and Tottenham this weekend.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Manchester United)

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Assessing his potential rival, Solskjaer said: “He has done a very good job. That speculation is there for a reason – because he has done well.

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

Solskjaer rejected the consensus that Sunday’s showdown at Wembley marks the first acid test of his reign.

United have seen off Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle – all of whom are in the bottom half of the table – in the league while they defeated Reading in the FA Cup last weekend to extend Solskjaer’s perfect start.

Solskjaer said: “No we have had tests, Newcastle away is a test and first game how everyone reacted is a test, first home game with the crowd is a test, every single game you get tested.

“But this is against top, top side. If we want to go closer and get past them we need a good performance and a good result.”

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