Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes aim at Man Utd rival Mauricio Pochettino over trophy claim

Tottenham boss Pochettino crashed out of a second cup competition inside four days then suggested winning trophies was good for building egos but not as important as finishing in the top four.

Solskjaer maintained striving for silver was in Manchester United’s DNA and that the dreams of fans must never begin and end with a spot in the following season’s Champions League.

“I am not here to discuss what Pochettino says and what other managers say, but we are about winning trophies – of course we are,” he said.

“We can’t win the league this year, but we are still in the Cup and we are going to try to win the FA Cup.

“Every manager wants to win every game of course and if you win trophies it is a fantastic day for everyone in the club.

“Like I say, it is 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.”

Pochettino was making a point about the progress Spurs are making under him and how domestic cup wins were less important than continued exposure to the Champions League.


But after his side were on the end of a one-two knockout against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup and Crystal Palace in the FA Cup on Sunday, his point could be construed as limiting ambition, particularly given he is still waiting for his first silverware in England.

Solskjaer hopes to extend his winning run in all competitions to nine since taking over from Jose Mourinho against Burnley tonight, and victory could take them within a point of Chelsea in fourth place.

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Considering United were 12 points adrift of a Champions League spot when he took over it has been some charge, but the United boss maintains the club should be looking higher still.

“That’s not the dream, to be top four. We’re Man United, you should always aim to win the league,” he said. “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?’”

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