Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
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Return of 'encyclopedia' Ferguson massive for United: Pochettino

Return of 'encyclopedia' Ferguson massive for United: Pochettino

"It's easier to play an attacking way and your way when you've got good players, and he's got lots of good players".

"But what I do expect is to see chances and goals at both ends in what promises to be a cracking game and a true barometer of where this new United are in relation to the other elite Premier League sides". That doesn't mean how we operate today is not right, but of course with time you need to innovate and find new ideas and always be open to try to improve.

"I have good memories because I remember when he scored after 90 minutes at the Camp Nou, I was with Tony Jimenez, my goalkeeping coach - we were there at the Camp Nou in 1999", Pochettino said.

Pochettino said he was present on one of the greatest nights in Ferguson's 27 glittering years as United boss - the 1999 Champions League final at Barcelona's Nou Camp when substitute Solskjaer scored a stoppage-time victor against Bayern Munich. We are football people.

Christian Eriksen scored after just 11 seconds when Spurs last hosted United in the Premier League, setting them on the way to a 2-0 win.

"On Sunday we're going to meet at Wembley when, 20 years ago, I was shouting for a goal that he scored for Manchester United".


"No we've had tests", he said.

He is a fantastic goalscorer and one of the best in the world but I have got a couple that I am happy to work with.

"For me, it's not a point to discuss". Maybe our performance wasn't the best but we competed very well.

Ferguson reportedly gave a rousing speech to United's first-team squad after being invited back by Solskjaer recently - his first appearance at the training ground since emergency surgery for a bleed on the brain last May. Of course I sent [my best wishes] and I can not hide my admiration and my relationship with him. I learned the good and the not so good.

"It's nothing wrong with finding information and knowing a little bit more about what the opponent is doing". It's the same situation that happens with big clubs.

Lukaku averages a goal nearly every other game for the Red Devils but he has struggled this season, only scoring eight league goals so far, and went nine games without a goal at one point.

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