Jose Mourinho hits back on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ‘cheated’ dig at Erik Lamela, insisting that Norwegian ‘big boss’ Sir Alex Ferguson would disagree with his ‘trophies for egos’ as Spurs and Manchester United meet again Meet
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned on Sunday against provocation from Tottenham
- He alleged that Anthony Martial had been ‘conned’ by Erik Lamela to be turned away
- Mourinho then hit back on Solskjaer’s ‘trophies are for egos’ last month
- Solskjaer admitted that his players are still injured by their 6-1 defeat in October
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho exchanged verbal blows leading up to the clash between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
Solskjaer warned of provocation from Mourinho’s team, claiming that Anthony Martial had been ‘conned’ by Erik Lamela to be sent off when Spurs United struck 6-1 at Old Trafford in October.
Mourinho then hit back on a comment made by Solskjaer last month that “ trophies are for egos ” with a reminder that former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson felt otherwise.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) and Jose Mourinho (right) exchanged verbal blows on Friday
Mourinho dropped out by stating that Solskjaer’s ‘trophies are for egos’ comment in his press conference, said Sir Alex Ferguson (above) thought otherwise
Solskjaer admitted his players are still hurting from their joint record defeat in the Premier League by his predecessor, saying they should not retaliate if they are provoked again at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.
The United boss was referring to the incident in which Martial received an outright red card for hitting Lamela after being hit in the face by his opponent’s arm at a corner.
“We got a red card, and that’s something we should be aware of,” said Solskjaer.
‘We can’t react like that because we know that in games there will be situations where we will be liquidated. ‘We have learned a lot from that and I am sure that we will perform better this time.
‘We gave ourselves a tough game by having 10 men. The way and the way we have been lost is not us and we know it.
Solskjaer had previously claimed that Anthony Martial (above) was ‘conned’ by Erik Lamela to be sent off in Man United’s 6-1 home defeat to Tottenham.
‘I think the players will remember that game with a lot of pain. Our professional pride has been hurt.
“We were so poor and I’m pretty sure we’ll see some players wanting to prove we’re better than that.” Solskjaer made his ego comment last month when he explained that he would measure his own progress by competition points.
It has been widely interpreted as a veiled dig at Mourinho, self-proclaimed serial trophy winner who was the last United boss to win silverware, the League Cup and Europa League in 2017.
“That’s his opinion,” said Mourinho. “I’m pretty sure his big boss, Sir Alex, had a different opinion. I respect what Solskjaer thinks, but I think differently.
‘Freedom of thought, freedom of ideas and if he thinks that’s fine, that’s fine with me. It’s no problem for me, he’s not disrespectful to anyone.
Solskjaer said his players are still hurt by their defeat by his predecessor
“But I believe his big boss, and the biggest in Premier League history, has a different view on that.”
Mourinho also brought up David de Gea’s £ 375,000-a-week contract with United and the great new deal Kevin de Bruyne signed with Manchester City, while highlighting the financial gap between Spurs and their rivals.
City’s payroll was revealed this week at £ 351m – almost double that of Tottenham, their opponents in the Carabao Cup final later this month – and that was before De Bruyne signed a new four-year deal worth £ 83m .
“Kevin is a fantastic player,” added Mourinho. ‘If Pep (Guardiola) or one of the top team coaches has x million to spend, good for them, no problems.
‘I enjoy doing what we do and am not jealous of those who can do other things. I would like my players to get the same contract as David de Gea or Kevin de Bruyne. I would really like them to get that money. ‘
Mourinho also brought up the mega-money contracts of David de Gea and Kevin De Bruyne when he highlighted the financial gap between Tottenham and the Manchester clubs.