Solskjaer: Man Utd beating Spurs never about Pochettino

Solskjaer: Man Utd beating Spurs never about Pochettino

Back in January 1999, part way through Manchester United's famous 'Treble season, ' Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came off the bench with just 10 minutes of a game to go against Nottingham Forest and scored four goals. By barking instructions to Dalot, he showed he would not allow his players to switch off and forget the game plan until the last ball had been kicked.

"It was a game and a battle between Tottenham and Manchester United, because if not, we would need to play him against me, one-versus-one on the pitch. We had to win it today to have a chance of catching up".

Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino had been tipped to take charge at Old Trafford in the summer. "We know that we have that at the back". We'll see where we are at the end of the season.

Jesse Lingard had a key role, delayed to stop Harry Winks receiving the ball from the home team's defenders and form part of a three-man forward line, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, that offered blistering pace and nonstop movement on the counterattack.

Although Pogba played well and Rashford scored the victor, United's three points at Wembley was down to the heroics of David De Gea.

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. "I think deep down he needs an arm around him like most good players".

An impressed Pogba said: "As a player he knew the mentality of this club". This is my position.

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"The best way to get the best out of Pogba is to get him into the box".

"The best example is Frank Lampard".

Attacking midfielder Juan Mata, who didn't play a part during the match, was literally all of us as he walked up to his country man after the game with his hands on his head in disbelief. "I'm not going to talk about [a battle with Solskjaer]".

But David De Gea proved Man of the Match as the Spanish goalkeeper pulled off a number of improbable saves to deny the hosts.

Meanwhile, Pogba himself admitted that Manchester United are now focusing on the top four after their win over Spurs brought them level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal.

However, their efforts were constantly thwarted by De Gea's gloves. "The players were playing for the manager".

He added: "He's one of the best keepers in the world, if not the best".