May 8, 2021

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Jose Mourinho takes aim at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with fresh Sir Alex Ferguson dig


Jose Mourinho has taken a remarkable dig at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over Manchester United ’s lack of trophies.

Tottenham boss Mourinho has urged Solskjaer to ask United’s greatest ever manager Sir Alex Ferguson if winning silverware is still important at Old Trafford.

United boss Solskjaer, who has yet to win anything since taking charge nearly two-and-a-half years ago, claimed “trophies are for egos” for some managers and building long term foundations for success is more important to him.

But Mourinho, who won two major trophies in less than three years in charge at United, insisted Ferguson “has a different view” to Solskjaer.

Mourinho said: “It’s his opinion. I’m pretty sure his big boss Sir Alex had a different opinion about it. But I respect what Solskjaer thinks. I think different.

Jose Mourinho has taken another shot at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's lack of trophies at United
Jose Mourinho has taken another shot at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s lack of trophies at United

“Freedom of thinking, freedom of ideas, and if that is what he thinks that is fine by me. It’s not a problem for me, he’s not being disrespectful to anyone.

“But I repeat I believe his big boss, and the biggest in Premier League history, has a different view in relation to that.”

Ex-United boss Ferguson is the most successful manager in Premier League history and won 38 trophies in 26 years in charge at Old Trafford, including the Treble in 1999.

Solskjaer famously scored the winner in the 1999 Champions League final is set to sign a new contract at United despite yet failing to deliver any trophies at Old Trafford.

United have lost four semi finals during Solskjaer’s reign and are now pinning all of their hopes on this season’s Europa League as their last chance of silverware.

Mourinho’s dig is certain to turn up the heat before Tottenham face United on Sunday with Solskjaer desperate for revenge after suffering a 6-1 defeat at Old Trafford earlier in the season which was his club’s joint heaviest defeat in Premier League history.