Saints are riding high amongst the top six, maintaining their own advantage over a United side Pochettino admits are in transition.
"It's strange to come to Old Trafford and not see Alex Ferguson in the dug-out," he said.
"It's not easy for Moyes to be under the shadow of Alex Ferguson.
"But I think he is a great manager. He is a person I admire.
"I wish him all the best and hope he can be successful like Sir Alex."
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