Pochettino: Facing Solskjaer gives me no extra motivation

FILE PHOTO (EDITORS NOTE: COMPOSITE OF IMAGES - Image numbers 1074931336,1074588652 - GRADIENT ADDED) In this composite image a comparison has been made between Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur (L) and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Interim Manager of Manchester United. Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United meet in a Premier League fixture on January 13, 2019 at Wembley Stadium in London. ***LEFT IMAGE*** LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on ahead of the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 26, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images) ***RIGHT IMAGE*** CARDIFF, WALES - DECEMBER 22: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Interim Manager of Manchester United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Manchester United at Cardiff City Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists going head-to-head with Manchester United counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provides him with no added motivation

The Argentine remains the favourite to become the permanent United coach at the end of this season, despite Solskjaer’s promising start.

The Norweigan has won all five of his opening games, since being appointed caretaker manager in December, and confessed he would love to hold on to the job.

However, going up against a potential rival candidate for the managerial role at Old Trafford, doesn’t provide Pochettino with any extra motivation.

“The motivation is already going to be there,” said Pochettino, according to Sky Sports.

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“When you are a manager or a coach, you cannot be focused on all the rumours. The most important thing is to have motivation to do our jobs in the best way.

“Of course United will come to win and for him there is massive motivation or challenge to manage Manchester United. For me it’s a massive challenge to be at Tottenham.

“We are so competitive, we are people that love to win and hate to lose. It’s always about wanting to win. The motivation in the Premier League is already there.”

Spurs will host United at Wembley on Sunday in a Premier League match with kick-off set for 17:30 (CET).