Why Mauricio Pochettino refused to talk about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Manchester United’s win vs Spurs
Mauricio Pochettino refused to talk about his tactical battle with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Spurs were beaten by Manchester United at Wembley.
Marcus Rashford’s first-half strike proved to be the difference between the two sides, who are now separated by just seven points in the Premier League table. When Solskjaer took over, the gap was 13 points.
Solskjaer vs Pochettino was the fixture’s biggest sub-plot but in his post-match press conference Tottenham’s manager preferred to discuss the on-field goings-on rather than his dug-out duel with United’s interim manager.
“It was Tottenham against Manchester United,” Pochettino said. “I’m not going to talk about [a battle with Solskjaer].
“I’m not going to judge his tactics. I think, in the plan you have to play, it’s not ethical to talk about how he is doing or I am doing. You only can talk about the game.
“Today, to talk about the game, of course we were better. We dominated the game and we created more chances than them. In the second half, we created 11 shots on target, with 11 saves from the goalkeeper.
“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. Then the next game Fulham against [Claudio] Ranieri, then [Chelsea boss Maurizio] Sarri.
“OK, come on. That is football and it’s always about collective things.”
Pochettino went on to make the surprising suggestion that he was happier with his team’s performance in the 1-0 defeat by United than he was when Spurs won 3-0 at Old Trafford last August.
“To be honest, when we played there I thought they were very good and I cannot judge or talk about another period under Mourinho,” the Argentine added. “I can only judge the performance of them [at Wembley].
“I think my feeling is completely different. I am happy after the defeat with the performance. I wasn’t happy with the performance after we won 3-0 there.”
Source: Manchester Evening News