That’s according to ESPN pundit Craig Burley, who believes the Tottenham manager would be best equipped to take on Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola in the title race.
Solskjaer took on an interim role at Old Trafford after Jose Mourinho was sacked in mid-December.
The Norwegian has proved a revelation in the hot-seat, masterminding a sensational comeback against PSG in the Champions League while resurrecting United’s chances of finishing in the Premier League top four.
The club must now decide whether to hand him the permanent reins, with Pochettino also believed to be on their radar.
“If it wasn’t Manchester United and there was another club to be managed, and there was a choice between Solskjaer and Pochettino, it’s not even close – it’s Pochettino”
And Burley believes the latter is the answer for them.
“If it wasn’t Manchester United and there was another club to be managed, and there was a choice between Solskjaer and Pochettino, it’s not even close – it’s Pochettino,” he told ESPN FC.
“So why should it be different because it’s his former club?
“Over a short period at the moment he’s done a great job, but who would you prefer to try and peg back Klopp and Guardiola with a big budget?”
Burley’s huge claim came after:
“I think Pochettino would be the answer with a big budget.”
Solskjaer avoided defeat in his first 12 Premier League games in charge of United, catapulting them back into top-four contention.
His Red Devils side also became the first ever team in history to overturn a two-goal deficit away from home in a Champions League second leg after beating PSG 3-1 at the Parc Des Princes earlier this month – which saw them progress to the quarter-finals of the competition on away goals.
And midfielder Paul Pogba, whose hostile relationship with predecessor Mourinho arguably triggered his downfall at Old Trafford, has urged the club to appoint Solskjaer on a full-time basis.
“Obviously the results have been very good and some of us have a coach that we know already from before,” he said.
“We want him to stay. The results have been great and he has a great relationship with the players.
“Of course I want him to stay. I have a great relationship with him, so yeah, he totally deserves it.
“He knows the club. We want him to stay.”