Pochettino has led Spurs to top-three Premier League finishes in each of the last three seasons while his brand of attacking football has earned plenty of admirers both in this country and on the continent.
The Argentinian is the favourite to be appointed the full-time successor to Jose Mourinho in the summer although Solskjaer, who is in caretaker charge until the end of the season, has made an encouraging case for retention.
The Norwegian has equalled Sir Matt Busby’s record in winning his first five fixtures at the helm of United and he could further his cause when he pits his wits against Pochettino and Tottenham this weekend.
Assessing his potential rival, Solskjaer said: “He has done a very good job. That speculation is there for a reason – because he has done well.
“But it’s not my job to rate managers, my focus is on me and my team.”
Solskjaer was also asked whether he had already made this ‘his’ United team.
“I think every single day and every game will get us closer and closer and we’ll get more of an understanding of how we want to play,” he replied.
“The past five games haven’t been bad but there’s always things to work on, relationships, cohesion, so hopefully we’ll see a positive team.”