Return of 'encyclopedia' Ferguson massive for United: Pochettino

Ross Houston
January 12, 2019

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino, whose side host United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's resurgent team at Wembley on Sunday, is a huge admirer of Ferguson ― a man the Argentine describes as an encyclopedia of football.

LONDON, Jan 12 ― Alex Ferguson's return to Manchester United's training ground has been massive for his old club, according to the man tipped to take over at Old Trafford next season.

Former United and Norway striker Solskjaer has won all five of his matches in charge and Pochettino said the Ferguson effect can not be dismissed ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash.

Here, Press Association Sport delves into its picture archive to recall the match. Yes, I did. I can not hide my admiration and relationship with him. He always was one of the people I admired the most, an inspiration. We need to create a way, because in the last four seasons and a half, we were adapting us to the project, to the club.

"I think that's our strength as well, going forward and attacking, as a team when you look at us now the way we've played".

"(Harry Kane's) a fantastic goalscorer - one of the best in the world to play up there. It was a book where you find everything.

Pochettino said: "It's true that today the Premier League is so competitive and today for Tottenham to go to, I don't know, to Southampton and sign a player like they used to do, like with Bale - today, it's so hard".

When asked if he thought this situation would give Solskjaer more motivation on Sunday, Pochettino replied: "Motivation is going to be there and then of course when you are a manager you can't be focused on rumours the most important thing is the motivation we have to do". "I remember when he scored after 90 minutes at the Camp Nou, I was with Tony Jimenez in 1999". Because in that moment we were neutral. For me, if there was one person that was easy to do business with it was Daniel, personally.

"Today the Premier League is so competitive and for Tottenham to go to, I don't know, Southampton and sign a player like they used to do, like with Gareth Bale, today it's so hard", he said.

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