Spurs: Mourinho hits out at Solskjaer
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Manchester United chiefs are furious with Jose Mourinho after their 3-1 win over Tottenham on Sunday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became embroiled in a war of words with his predecessor following the showdown in north London. And, now, more details have emerged in the aftermath of that incident.
Manchester United were too strong for Tottenham on Sunday.
They fell behind courtesy of a first half goal from Son Heung-min, who struck after his theatrics had seen a strike from Edinson Cavani chalked off.
However, after the second half, United were significantly improved.
Fred equalised, with the Brazil international levelling things after pouncing following a good save from Hugo Lloris.
And Cavani and substitute Mason Greenwood struck to give United all three points, boosting their chances of finishing second in the Premier League table in the process.
After the game, Solskjaer hit out at Son – saying he wouldn’t give the South Korea international any food if he was his child because of his theatrics.
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Mourinho replied by saying: “First of all, let me tell you something. I’m very surprised after the comments Ole made on Sonny.
“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.”
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And, now, The Sun say United chiefs are furious with Mourinho.
It’s claimed they believe the Tottenham boss made the comments to put the spotlight back on himself, rather than Solskjaer.
And they think their hopes of landing Harry Kane from the north London giants are over.
United are interested in signing the England international as a replacement for Edinson Cavani, who appears to be entering the twilight years of his career.
But they think a deal won’t happen, with relations with Tottenham going from bad to worse.
Mourinho wasn’t the only person critical of Solskjaer’s comments in the wake of the Red Devils’ 3-1 victory.
Former Sky Sports anchorman Richard Keys also took aim at the 48-year-old, labelling his comments as ‘embarrassing’.
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t do irony. He doesn’t so funny either. You shouldn’t try Ole. It’s embarrassing. Sadly – he doesn’t do honest. He should definitely try that,” he said.
“I’m tired of this subject. I really wanted to talk about something else today, but after what happened at Spurs I can’t.
“Before we go any further. This is not anti-Manchester United nor anti-City. It’s not anti-Spurs nor anti-Liverpool. It’s anti-cheating. And before the scumbags pipe up – my private life is just that – private.
“One opinion of any event doesn’t make it true – certainly not when you read it in the Daily Mail. And how sad is it that the first version of an event that we’re told is true is the one we believe? That’s it. No more. I’ve never commented beyond that and I’m not going to now.
“So. I’m anti-cheating. We all are surely? What on earth was Solskjaer thinking when he went into that rant about his son not eating? I’ll tell you this – you can see in his face that he was initially going in another direction – but he pulled back knowing that it wasn’t a good idea. I’m guessing his daughter was about to get a mention.
“Yes Ole – you’re correct. Son conned the ref – and his mate at Stockley Park. You had a perfectly good goal ruled out. You should and would’ve led at half time had it not been, because Spurs wouldn’t have scored. It was a joke.
“But so it was when Rashford went down on the edge of the box just before that incident. And when our serial offender Fernandes collapsed with a scream clutching his foot mid-way through the second half.
“Sterling conned a pen when on international duty recently. He’s almost as bad as Fernandes, Martial and Rashford. Kane does it. As we know – Son does it. Mane used to do it until he stopped because Salah is on pens. Salah has done it too often, but not at Arsenal the other week when he could’ve gone down, but chose to score instead. Good on him on that occasion.
“United are now nearing 40 penalties across two seasons. I’ll repeat what I’ve said before – that’s an impossible stat. Compare it to penalties given to Burnley, West Ham, Newcastle and West Brom, who I don’t think have had six between them. Hold on – there’s a theme here. I’ll come back to it.
“My point about Solskjaer is simple. This weekend he was the biter bit. How on earth can he complain about players conning refs if he won’t stop his own team doing it?
“He sits – with a smug satisfied face – week after week watching the three amigo’s go over when they’ve been sneezed on. Fernandes did it in Europe last week. Oh, we shouldn’t forget Pogba, who was caught on camera earlier in the season bollocking Shaw because he didn’t take a dive in the box.
“Enough. It’s a plague. I’ve been saying it all season. Players have to take the blame. Managers who don’t call them out are culpable – and our hapless officials haven’t got a clue.”
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