Mauricio Pochettino says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have no added motivation when Tottenham face Manchester United at Wembley on Sunday, Sky Sports reports.
Solskjaer was appointed as United’s caretaker manager in December, following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, and has admitted he would love to keep the job beyond this summer.
But Pochettino continues to be linked to the role with Solskjaer even admitting he sees why the Argentine is an attractive candidate for the role.
Despite that speculation, Pochettino does not believe the Norwegian, or himself, will have any extra motivation when both sides meet at Wembley on Sunday.
“The motivation is already going to be there. When you are a manager or a coach, you cannot be focused on all the rumours. The most important thing is to have motivation to do our jobs in the best way,” Pochettino said.
“Of course United will come to win and for him there is massive motivation or challenge to manage Manchester United. For me it’s a massive challenge to be at Tottenham.
“We are so competitive, we are people that love to win and hate to lose. It’s always about wanting to win. The motivation in the Premier League is already there.”
Pochettino also revealed how he was present at the Nou Camp for Solskjaer’s injury-time winner in the 1999 Champions League final – even admitting he celebrated the match-winning goal as a neutral.
“I remember when he scored after 90 minutes at the Camp Nou. I was there with Tony Giminez, my goalkeeping coach, in 1999. I remember he scored the second goal in injury time and how I shouted for a goal by Manchester United,” he added.
“We were neutral watching a fantastic game. I have fantastic memories of him.This type of moment, I look now and we are going to meet at Wembley. Twenty years ago I was shouting for a goal he scored for United, and now we are going to play against United at Wembley.”