Tottenham take on Manchester United at Wembley on Sunday in what will be a crucial game for both sides. Both teams come into the game in good form and the game is expected to be a high-scoring one.
Tottenham manager Pochettino has been rumoured to be United’s number one choice to take over as manager at the end of this season.
The Red Devils have appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the interim manager until the end of the current campaign.
Solskjaer has completely turned around the team’s fortunes since taking over and got them playing attacking football and scoring a lot of goals.
United have dismissed the likes of Huddersfield, Cardiff and Newcastle in previous weeks but the game against Spurs represents Solsjkaer’s biggest test until now.
When Pochettino was asked if him being linked with the Man Utd job would serve as additional motivation for Solskjaer to get one over him, the Argentine suggested that there was no shortage of motivation to begin with considering it is one of the biggest matches in English football.
Speaking as a part of his pre-match press conference, Pochettino told Football.London, “The motivation is always going to be there. Of course, when you’re a manager or coach you cannot be focused on all the rumours.”
“The most important thing is the motivation that we have to do our job in our best way. Of course Manchester is going to come on Sunday trying to win. Of course for him it’s a massive motivation or challenge to manage Manchester United, like for me it’s a massive challenge to be in front for this football club, Tottenham.”
“Always the motivation is to win because we’re so competitive. We’re people that love to win and hate to lose, and always when you play a friendly game or a competitive game like Sunday always it’s about winning. No-one wants to lose.”
“The motivation is going to be there because in the Premier League always the motivation is about winning.”
The Argentine also insisted that neither he nor Solskjaer will pay any attention to the rumours ahead of the game and will be focused on getting the three point.
He added: “All that happens around, all the rumours, is going to happen because that is football. You are going to do your job, I need to do my job, you accept that’s how it is, to try to find the way to win the game, and after to trust in the players.”
“After it’s about 11 vs 11 on the pitch and you need some luck and to have a good day to beat your opponent. Many things happen in football that you can’t control but the most important thing is to arrive in our best condition.”
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