Man Utd: Solskjaer says squad has point to prove at Spurs
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained his true feelings on Jose Mourinho after his side’s 3-1 win over Tottenham on Sunday. The Red Devils fell behind in north London. But they came roaring back with a fine second half display, picking up all of the points in the process.
Manchester United were aggrieved when they had a goal disallowed against Tottenham.
Edinson Cavani put the ball in the back of the net but Scott McTominay was adjudged to have fouled Son Heung-Min in the build-up.
To make matters worse, Son then gave Tottenham the lead – beating Dean Henderson from close range.
But United came roaring back through goals from Fred, Cavani and Mason Greenwood to boost their chances of finishing second in the Premier League table.
After the game, Solskjaer took aim at Son – accusing the South Korea international of feigning injury and saying that, if he was his child, he wouldn’t have any food.
That prompted a strong response from Mourinho, who said: “First of all, let me tell you something. I’m very surprised after the comments Ole made on Sonny.
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“You don’t ask me about it. I spoke to Ole already about this because I met him a few minutes ago.
“If that’s me telling that player A, B or C from another club, it was my son I wouldn’t give him dinner or something like that, what would be the reaction?
“It’s very, very sad and I think it’s really sad that you don’t ask me about it. It’s really sad that you don’t have the moral honesty to treat me the same way you treat others.
“Sonny is very lucky his father is a better person than Ole. I am a father and as a father you have to always feed your kids, it doesn’t matter what they do. If you have to steal to feed your kids, you steal. I’m very, very disappointed.
“With me, like we say in Portugal, bread is bread and cheese is cheese. I told Ole already what I think about this and I have to tell you I’m very disappointed that in five, six, seven questions you ignore the dimension of that comment.”
And Solskjaer has now responded, insisting he and Mourinho are friends despite their tense exchange.
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He told MUTV: “I think sometimes some words are being said, sometimes you feel sorry for – the most important thing is that we’re good colleagues and – call it friends, before, after and sometimes during a game you can have a little bit of a dispute and I think we’ve got the utmost respect for each other and I think that’s the point here.
“Sometimes it’s some words being said that you don’t really [mean] – I had a couple of words I can take back at that time.”
Should United win their game in hand, they’ll move to within eight points of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
And while Solskjaer thinks a title triumph is unlikely, he’s admitted he’s hoping for a miracle.
“It’s not theoretically impossible, but it would take a lot and it would take a miracle, but sometimes miracles happen,” said the 48-year-old.
“For us though, we just have to get as many points on the board as possible and keep getting the wins that we need to make sure we’ve improved from last season and we want to at least get as close to them as possible.”
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Norwegian took aim at VAR for the Son and McTominay incident.
“That’s the game is gone,” he said.
“The game has gone if that’s a clear and obvious error. It’s a clear and obvious error that he [referee Chris Kavanagh] looks at it.
“It was a perfectly good goal, you know, I think that kickstarted us though.
“I know we conceded a goal just after, but the performance from then to the end of the game was so much better.
“How is Scott [McTominay] running? I run like this [motions] and use my arms when I run.”
Mourinho, for his part, believes Paul Pogba should have seen red for a foul on Serge Aurier.
“I think we were unlucky because maybe Pogba should get a red card,” he said.
“But it was a good game and, in my opinion we didn’t deserve to lose but we lost against a very good team … We need points and we lost three. There’s no way to run away from that.”
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