Tottenham boss Pochettino: Pogba threat just like Hazard

Tanya Simon
January 12, 2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping that a week of warm weather training in Dubai will ensure his Manchester United stars are fit and firing for the biggest test of his caretaker reign yet, against Tottenham.

Tottenham could find themselves nine points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool when they kick-off against United on Sunday afternoon.

Interim manager Solskjaer invited Ferguson to the training ground to speak to the players as he bids to turn around fortunes at Old Trafford.

"And how I shouted at the goal of Manchester United was unbelievable".

He is quoted by the Manchester Evening News as saying: "I have good memories of him also because I remember when he scored after 90 minutes, I was there at the Camp Nou with my goalkeeper coach in 1999, and I remember him scoring the second goal in injury time". He always was one of the people I admired the most, an inspiration.

Former United and Norway striker Solskjaer has won all five of his matches in charge and Pochettino said the Ferguson effect can not be dismissed ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash.

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"Today the Premier League is so competitive and for Tottenham to go to, I don't know, Southampton and sign a player like they used to do, like with Gareth Bale, today it's so hard", he said.

"But of course this is against a top top side and if we want to get close to them and go past them we will need a good performance and a good result".

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Marcus Rashford to emulate Harry Kane and become one of the most feared strikers in the world. To see him every day is massive. "He is like an encyclopaedia of football".

"I was there when he scored", said Pochettino. "We were in a very bad place and started to walk, we crossed and jumped, up, up and up, and we arrived at the President's (box) and found two seats. But the atmosphere was awesome".

"But today we are in the top for facilities and for the last few years the club is fighting against the big sides".

"Daniel is not an easy person to do business with", Pochettino said. Certainly mid-table in terms of facilities.

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