Paul Merson outlines why Mauricio Pochettino should become next Man United manager

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Spurs have become rather infamous for bottling it of late and against a team in form like Manchester United, it was always going to be hard after going behind. None his previous wins were anything other than expected, although nothing was certain given the shabby state United were in when Mourinho was sacked.

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.

Mauricio Pochettino reported that Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko will be assessed on Monday after picking up injuries against Manchester United.

Had Mourinho still been in charge, Pogba might not even have started this game - the fixture last season saw him replaced after 63 minutes of a 2-0 defeat - but the French World Cup-winning midfielder admitted afterward that the change of manager has been transformative.

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"I have good memories because also I remember when he scored after 90 minutes at Camp Nou".

"The near-post save from the corner was the best one, " the striker said, alongside De Gea. "We've had some great goalkeepers and he's challenging Edwin (van der Sar) and Peter (Schmeichel) for the number one spot historically".

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There must still be serious reservations at this early stage about whether Solskjaer will be handed the reins long-term but wins like this, built on a positive tactical platform from a resurgent team before a truly exception display of goalkeeping from David de Gea, will strengthen his case. "The team spirit is fantastic and, secondly, we've shown we can defend today".

The England boss was also nominated for world coach of the year in Fifa's The Best awards after taking England to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

"It is worrying because we are going to lose [Heung-Min] Son to the Asian Cup, and if Harry Kane suffers some issue it is going to be a massive problem", Pochettino said.

Pogba, whose relationship with Mourinho had deteriorated sharply, looks rejuvenated under Solskjaer - he has been involved in eight goals under the interim boss, with four goals and four assists.

" I would say I am enjoying, I am enjoying playing football".

Lucas Moura, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli can play as attacking figures, but Kane's potential absence would leave a monstrous hole in the Spurs attack, and Pochettino must venture into the transfer market, if Kane is injured.

"I probably could understand if he didn't because Manchester United are a million miles away from challenging at the moment and they are a million miles behind Manchester City". This is my position. The manager tells me to get into the box and score goals.

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