Ole Gunnar Solskjaer And Mauricio Pochettino's Recent Fortunes Are Polar Opposites
Everything Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has touched as Manchester United manager interim manager so far has turned to gold. Now the Red Devils are a win over Arsenal away from being level on points with Spurs.
When Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager of Manchester United in December, following a 3-1 Premier League loss to rivals Liverpool, Mauricio Pochettino was quickly placed as the favourite to take over from the former Chelsea manager long term.
At the time most people were surprised as the Premier League side turned to former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be their interim manager till the end of the season.
At that time any thought of Solskjaer being the manager next season were laughable but since then he is unbeaten in the league and the only loss, to PSG in the Champions League, has since been reversed in the second leg.
When United lost to Liverpool all hope of finishing in the top four and qualifying for next season's Champions League seemed to go out of the window but things have changed now and United currently sit in fourth, and things could get better.
On Saturday afternoon Spurs dropped points for the fourth time in a row, losing 2-1 against Southampton, and that run of results means that a win for Solskjaer's side on Sunday, against Arsenal, would see them go level on points with Pochettino's side:
16th December 2018:- United Xtra (@utdxtra) March 9, 2019
Tottenham - 3rd - 39 points
Manchester United - 6th - 26 points
13 points behind Spurs.
Since then Solskjaer has won 10 and drawn 2 league games. A win tomorrow against Arsenal will send us level on points.
This man can do no wrong. Hero. :flag_ye::raised_hands: #mufc pic.twitter.com/xkl3R4XW2Z
Solskjaer's first big test as manager at Old Trafford came against Pochettino's side in north London in January and a David de Gea masterclass assured they came away with all three points.
Despite winning their next four league games, after the United loss, Spurs then went out of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, to Crystal Palace and Chelsea respectively.
Since beating Leicester City on February 10th though they have picked up one point in their last four Premier League games.
First came a 2-1 loss to Burnley, their 2-0 loss against Chelsea was followed by a 1-1 draw in the north London derby and then came Saturday's loss, from 1-0 up, against Southampton.
Back when they hosted Burnley Spurs had the chance to go within two points of Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the table but blew it.
Had they not dropped 11 points from their previous four games Pochettino's men would now be top but the contrasting fortunes between Solskjaer and Poch has seen the former become the 1/16 favourite to be in charge next season.
Can United finish third with Ole 'at the wheel?'