But with Solskjaer making an impressive start to his role as caretaker, winning five out of five games before the trip to Tottenham, the Norwegian is now a genuine contender.
Yet, let's imagine for a minute that Pochettino hadn't come out and said that.
Since returning to United, where he played as a striker between 1996 and 2007, Solskjaer has spoken repeatedly of the need to return to the attractive, attacking football that they played for much of Alex Ferguson's reign. We were neutral people watching a fantastic game.
The second half was a different story as Spurs went rampant with waves of attack, especially in the last 15 minutes. "I think my position [today] is where I feel most comfortable". "We weren't clinical. And sometimes with less opportunities you score, but there's no complaints".
There were too many saves for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to even remember.
Talk over De Gea's United future is sure to intensify in the coming days after Sunday's heroics, with his deal is due to expire next summer - after the activation of a one-year extension clause.
The England boss was also nominated for world coach of the year in Fifa's The Best awards after taking England to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990. "We will assess him", Pochettino told Sky Sports in the aftermath of a result that sees their quest for Premier League glory hit a significant bump in the road.
"The team is strong now, very strong".
Pochettino said he was predicting a tough game that would be "very nice to watch", and declined to say what he felt had changed about United since Mourinho left. "This is the real Manchester United".
It was an afternoon of misfortune for Mauricio Pochettino, the Spurs manager, who has been heavily linked with a move to United at the end of the season, when Solskjær's short-term contract is due to expire.
"You all know the best teams in the league and of course we have to be aware of their strengths". I understand why that would put him off, but so are Tottenham.
"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 having a few players that can make the difference", Pochettino said.