Manchester United interim manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has insisted that winning major silverware would be much more memorable for his side after Tottenham Hotspur boss, Mauricio Pochettino, tried to downplay the importance of trophies.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham hasn’t won a major trophy since their EFL Cup success in 2008. Over the last week, Spurs were knocked out of the EFL Cup and FA Cup, respectively, virtually ending their hopes for a piece of silverware, this season.
Following the FA Cup fourth-round exit to Crystal Palace on Sunday, Pochettino – who reportedly is the frontrunner to become United’s next permanent manager – downplayed the importance of silverware claiming that trophies ‘only builds your ego’ and ‘the most important thing is being consistent in the top four and playing in the Champions League.’
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United caretaker boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, couldn’t agree with his colleague’s assessment and reiterated the importance of silverware for a club of Manchester United’s stature.
“That’s not the dream though – to be top four,” Solskjaer said, as quoted by Manchester Evening News.
“We’re Man United, you should always aim to win the league. We can’t do that this year but we’ve just got to look forward to that again because we have to get back to that. We’ve got the Champions League, we’ve got the FA Cup, we can’t just say top four and that’s it. We’ve got to look at, ‘Can we win something this year?’ And as I’ve said, I go into every single game as a Man United manager thinking we can win this game.”
“If you win trophies that’s a fantastic day for everyone in the club, it’s just the best time of your life, that day when you win. Because you never know when the next one is going to come. The manager (Sir Alex Ferguson) always said, ‘Enjoy this. Whatever trophy you win, you have just got to enjoy it’. But, then again, it’s not up to me to discuss whatever anyone else says, I am just saying that we here at this club, we are looking to win trophies.”
“I am not here to discuss what Pochettino says and what other managers say. First of all, it’s the next game, but we are about winning trophies, of course, we are. And we can’t win the league this year. We are still in the cup, we are going to try to win the FA Cup, of course. I think every manager wants to win every game so I don’t think that is the point [Pochettino] was making.”
"We're Man United, you should always aim to win the league.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is dreaming big.
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“Just being here is a great achievement, being asked to be here. But of course the more you win, the more you feel good. The feel-good factor is getting better. We’ve done well but it’s not about getting excited.”
“Still a long way to go, so we just need to focus on the next game. I know it’s boring to hear this, but it’s about improving, it’s about getting better. It’s great that we’ve picked up eight points,” he concluded.
Sixth-placed Manchester United will be chasing their 9th win on the trot under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when they host Burnley in the Premier League on Tuesday night.