Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tactical acumen overcomes Mauricio Pochettino

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tactical acumen overcomes Mauricio Pochettino

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tactical acumen overcomes Mauricio Pochettino

With Manchester United moving level on points with Arsenal in the Premier League table following a 1-0 win at Wembley over Tottenham, FOX Sports Asia takes a look at the key talking points.

Ever since Jose Mourinho was sacked by the club, many names in the managerial world have been thrown about in relation to the job once Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finishes his spell as temporary manager at the end of the season - with the Norwegian himself in the mix. He wants the job with a passion, and has restored United's pride.

Manchester United are in a delicate position and, after all three of Alex Ferguson's successors have failed to emulate the legendary manager's previous achievements, the importance of United's next appointment can not be underestimated.

Pochettino, who has been widely tipped to take over at Old Trafford come the end of the season, is relishing Sunday's challenge and fondly remembers the finest moment of Solskjaer's career, having been present to witness that sensational comeback against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.

He said: "I've only met him once myself". Suddenly the kind of match many were expecting was the match that we all got, where Spurs were hammering United repeatedly and were only stopped by the supreme form of David De Gea.

Alli then had another good chance after he was played in but shot straight at De Gea, while Eriksen hit a free kick from the edge of the box wide and Toby Alderweireld forced another superb save at the near post from a corner.

Paul Pogba sparkled for United, engaged in a personal duel with Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for periods of the second half.

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David De Gea again proved the saviour for Manchester United. "And he has the potential to be one of the very best out there".

"The manager brought some happiness", De Gea said. "The second half, I think we did so well, we played so well".

"I was feeling very well after the first two saves, it was a great game".

Meanwhile, Manchester United interim boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, was clearly looking forward to the challenge: "You always adapt to any opposition we play", he told www.manutd.com. "We are going to compete in our best way, I am sure, and it will be tough".

"This is the real Manchester United", the keeper said.

They were much improved after the break, firing in attempt after attempt, but De Gea was equal to everything they threw at him. However, both players already returned to training so their inclusion might be a game-time decision.

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