TOTTENHAM manager Mauricio Pochettino has compared the threat of Paul Pogba with that of Eden Hazard’s, labelling both of them “special players”.
Spurs face United on Sundy evening in the weekend’s crunch Premier League game.
The last time the two sides met, the London side trounced United 3-0 at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Lucas Moura and Harry Kane.
But this time, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in charge of the Red Devils, with Jose Mourinho having been sacked back in December.
Pochettino, who spoke ahead of the important game this weekend, pinpointed one player his side have to watch out for.
“When you play in this Premier League, every weekend, or every three days as we’ve been playing in the last few months, always it’s about the opponent have a few players that can make the difference,” he said.
“Like last Tuesday it was Eden Hazard, and now Paul Pogba. Pogba is a very talented player, a great player of course.
“But it’s not only Pogba or Hazard, there are different players around.”
Hazard hasn’t had a sniff of goal in his two games against Spurs this season thanks to Tottenham’s defence – which Pochettino believes is an important thing his players need to continue to do against top calibre players if they’re to win those games.
“Of course they are special players,” the 46-year-old added.
“Manchester United have a great squad with great players with a lot of quality.
“Of course we are not going to be only focused on Pogba, we need to be focused on the whole team not just one player.”
Tottenham were considered as title challengers towards the end of December, as they leapfrogged Manchester City in the table.
But a loss at home to Wolves before the new year brought them back down to earth.
Spurs have since recovered from their blip and have also won a Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea 1-0.
Pochettino has been linked heavily with taking the United job at the end of the season once Solskjaer supposedly leaves.
The Norwegian is only meant to be at the club on an interim basis but it’s likely that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward appoints someone with bigger credentials in the summer.