Pochettino motivated by beating MU, not joining them

LONDON: Mauricio Pochettino says his focus is solely on defeating Manchester United today to further Tottenham’s Premier League title chances rather than his own prospects of taking over at Old Trafford next season.

The Argentine is the bookies’ favourite to take over as United’s next permanent manager despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s perfect record in five games as caretaker boss following Jose Mourinho’s sacking.

Spurs, in third place, are 10 points ahead of their sixth-placed visitors and are just six points off leaders Liverpool.

Pochettino’s men are still involved in four competitions despite working with a fraction of the budget on offer to Mourinho over the past two-and-a-half seasons.

“Of course when you’re a manager or coach you cannot be focused on all the rumours,” Pochettino said on Friday, referring to his meeting with Solskjaer being billed as a head-to-head for the United job.

“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 today trying to win.

“Of course for him (Solskjaer) 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.- AFP