Ole Gunnar Solskjaer disagrees with ’s suggestion that finishing in the top four is more important than winning a trophy as he targets silverware with .
Spurs were knocked out of the on Sunday, their second Cup exit in a matter of days, and Pochettino – who has been linked with the Old Trafford job – said afterwards that trophies ‘only build your ego’.
But Solskjaer has a drastically different outlook and believes it is in United’s DNA to try and win silverware.
‘That’s not the dream though – to be top four,’ Solskjaer explained when Pochettino’s comments were put to him. ‘We’re Man United, you should always aim to win the league.
‘We can’t do that this year but we’ve just got to look forward to that again because we have to get back to that.
‘We’ve got the Champions League, we’ve got the FA Cup, we can’t just say top four and that’s it. We’ve got to look at, “Can we win something this year?” And as I’ve said, I go into every single game as a Man United manager thinking we can win this game.
‘If you win trophies that’s a fantastic day for everyone in the club, it’s just the best time of your life, that day when you win. Because you never know when the next one is going to come.
‘The manager [Sir Alex Ferguson] always said, “Enjoy this. Whatever trophy you win, you have just got to enjoy it”. But, then again, 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.
‘I am not here to discuss what Pochettino says and what other managers say. First of all, it’s the next game, but we are about winning trophies, of course we are. And we can’t win the league this year. We are still in the cup, we are going to try to win the FA Cup, of course. I think every manager wants to win every game so I don’t think that is the point [Pochettino] was making.
‘Just being here is a great achievement, being asked to be here. But of course the more you win, the more you feel good. The feel-good factor is getting better. We’ve done well but it’s not about getting excited.
‘Still a long way to go, so we just need to focus on the next game. I know it’s boring to hear this, but it’s about improving, it’s about getting better. It’s great that we’ve picked up eight points.’