OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER insists today’s shootout with Tottenham is NOT an interview for the Manchester United job.
The Red Devils interim boss has five wins from five so far but Spurs chief Mauricio Pochettino remains the hot favourite to land the permanent role.
Solskjaer said: “It’s not about me and it’s not about him. It should always be about the players. We don’t kick a ball.
“We may make a decision here or there but it’s down to the players to perform and I’m sure my boys are ready.”
Victory over the man most see as the Old Trafford chief-in-waiting would crank up the pressure on United’s power-brokers to stick with Solskjaer, 45, beyond this season.
Asked if he viewed today’s Wembley clash as a job interview, he hit back: “No, it’s not about me at all.”
Ole aims to carry on United’s revival with a win that would give their top-four hopes a massive boost.
The about-turn in form means United top brass will have no fear if they do not add to the squad in January.
Insiders claim the feelgood factor of Solskjaer’s run has “been like having half a dozen new signings”.
Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have all seen a huge upsurge in form.
ENGLAND manager Gareth Southgate has been shortlisted by Manchester United for the Old Trafford job, according to reports.
The Telegraph claim the Red Devils have a back-up list of candidates and fear first-choice Mauricio Pochettino will stay at Tottenham.
And the 48-year-old England manager is said to be committed to the national team.
Therefore, it is not certain Southgate would consider United's offer, hoping that the most prestigious job in English football would become available again in the future.
The Three Lions manager has been out of club football since 2009, when he was dismissed from Middlesbrough after three years in charge.