Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino places more importance on qualifying for the Champions League, but Solskjaer says picking up silverware is fantastic
Trophies matter at Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says.
The caretaker manager is desperate for the Old Trafford job full-time and was speaking shortly after Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino created debate about the importance of silverware compared to finishing in the top four of the Premier League.
Pochettino, another name believed to be on the shortlist to take over permanently at United, made the claim after his side were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Chelsea and the FA Cup by Crystal Palace within the space of four days.
“If you win trophies, that’s a fantastic day for everyone in the club,” Solskjaer said, stressing he was not criticising the Spurs manager.
“The best time of your life is that day when you win because you never know when the next one is going to come.
“[Sir Alex Ferguson] always said whatever trophy you win, you have just got to enjoy it. 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.”
Ole’s trophy cabinet
Six Premier League titles
Two FA Cups
One Champions League
Two Norwegian titles
One Norwegian Cup
Since Ferguson retired in 2013, the club have won three trophies. However, it didn’t appear to buy the managers time, with Louis van Gaal sacked after winning the FA Cup in 2016 and Jose Mourinho getting the boot a season after winning the Europa League and Carabao Cup.
Speaking to talkSPORT, former Old Trafford midfielder Paul Ince backed Pochettino for the United job, though understands why Solskjaer is among the leading contenders.
“Listen, don’t get me wrong he has certainly made Ed Woodward think about who is going to be the next manager but it is a big, big job,” Ince said.
“I know there are Man United fans that want Ole and if they keep winning games, gets into fourth place in the Premier League, gets into the final of the Champions League then I’m sure he will be a strong candidate.”
If United beat Burnley on Tuesday night, it will be a ninth straight win for the Norwegian and the club would move level on points with fourth place Chelsea.
“That’s not the dream though, to be top four,” Solskjaer said. “We’re Man United, you should always aim to win the league. We can’t do that this year but we have to get back to that.”