MANCHESTER United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he feels no extra pressure with highly rated Mauricio Pochettino on the market following this week’s shock exit from Tottenham.
The powers that be at Old Trafford have been long-term admirers of the Argentinian, who followed a promising stint at Southampton with an impressive reign in north London that peaked with June’s Champions League final.
Pochettino was sacked just 171 days later following a disappointing start to the season, with Solskjaer’s predecessor Jose Mourinho swiftly appointed by the north Londoners.
The United boss has welcomed the Portuguese’ return to the Premier League and claims to be unruffled by Pochettino’s place in the market.
‘Sorry to disappoint but it’s not going be about Jose or Mauricio,’ Solskjaer (pictured) said at the beginning of his press conference.
‘I can start with it’s good to have Jose back definitely — especially for you guys, maybe for me because you can talk and write about everything else.’
Solskjaer continued: ‘And for Mauricio, it’s always sad when one of your colleagues, a good man, you lose your job before Christmas. It’s never nice to see so I just wish him all the best.’
Asked if United links to Pochettino brought pressure, Solskjaer added: ‘No, it doesn’t bother me at all. I’ve got the best job in the world and I am sure if you’re in a job or if you’re out of a job and you’re a manager, you’d want this job.
‘So, it doesn’t really matter, whatever happens around it. I’ve got to focus on my job at Man United, do it as well as we can.’
Solskjaer leads his side to Sheffield United on Sunday following the international break.
Diogo Dalot, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Eric Bailly remain a way off, but Axel Tuanzebe, Luke Shaw and Nemanja Matic are available for selection following injury lay-offs.