Pochettino dismisses talk of tactical duel with Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won his sixth consecutive game as United caretaker boss

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won his sixth consecutive game as United caretaker boss

Jamie Carragher says those doubting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United impact are talking "absolute nonsense" after Paul Ince suggested "anyone" could have turned the club around.

But Ince, who had less than successful spells in charge of Blackpool and Blackburn among other roles, swatted aside suggestions Solskjaer should be looked at ahead of Mauricio Pochettino - who remains the favourite to land the permanent position. At Wembley, it was the acid test.

That has pushed Spurs boss Pochettino - who failed to impress the Old Trafford hierarchy when pitted against rival Solskjaer - out to 5/2 for the job, although he's reportedly also wanted by Real Madrid.

Solskjaer hailed De Gea as "the best goalkeeper in the world" after the Spaniard's 11 saves and praised his defence but he acknowledged it was tough going after the break. "It's working and we need to carry it on". Maybe because of ourselves they created many, many chances but first half I thought it was spot on.

"He would probably accept he was fourth choice among the strikers at the club when I arrived, with Teddy Sheringham and Andy Cole already there", he said about the striker's Old Trafford career.

"During the past few months, before the coach came back, I was benched, and a football player on the bench, I'm not sure if he can accept that", said Pogba.

Spurs remain in third place, nine points behind leaders Liverpool. "Let's be honest, it couldn't get any worse at Manchester United before Jose Mourinho left", he told Paddy Power News.

But Neville is warning the United hierarchy not to get carried away by one result. We could close the gap this weekend as they play Arsenal.

There were many reasons for United's win at Wembley - the renewed confidence of those in red was a key one - but this was a game in which Solskjaer showed that he can take on a highly rated opponent and win the tactical battle.

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