Mourinho sides with Bruno Fernandes in dig at Solskjaer on Man Utd success

Date published: Saturday 10th April 2021 10:24 - James Marshment

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho could not resist a little dig at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after taking a dig at his opinion that trophies do not determine success – and he claims Sir Alex Ferguson would agree with him.

Solskjaer’s side only have one trophy avenue open to them this season in the Europa League. They already have one foot in the semi-finals, having beat Granada 2-0 in the quarter-final first leg. United are now favourites to win the competition that would represent a first piece of silverware under Solskjaer’s regime.

One of their avenues, the FA Cup, was closed off to them last month when they lost in disappointing fashion at Leicester. After the game, Solskjear played down the importance of winning trophies. He even suggested they are an ‘ego’ thing for players and other managers.

Solskjaer’s comments were this week contradicted by star man Bruno Fernandes. He is adamant that a club like United should regularly be getting their hands on silverware.

Tottenham boss Mourinho, who was in the Old Trafford hotseat immediately before Solskjaer, agrees with Fernandes. Furthermore, the Portuguese firebrand insists he’s proud of his impressive haul of trophies won at every club he’s been at.

He won the Europa League and League Cup while at United and has a different mindset to Solskjaer.

“It’s his opinion. I’m pretty sure his big boss Sir Alex had a different opinion about it,” Mourinho said.

“But I respect what Solskjaer thinks. I think different.

“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.”

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Mourinho has no issues with Man City spending

Mourinho is trying to end Tottenham’s trophy drought this season. He is also clinging on to the hope of delivering Champions League football.

Manchester City are the side standing in the way of Mourinho and winning a trophy at Spurs. They face off later this month in the Carabao Cup final.

City are well in front of Spurs on the pitch and also off it, with Kevin De Bruyne this week landing a bumper new contract.

Mourinho though insists he has no issue with City’s spending power.

“If Kevin signed a contract of X million I would love him to sign a contract of three times X million. Fantastic player,” he said.

“If Pep (Guardiola) – or any of the coaches of the top teams – has X million to spend good for them. No problems.

“I enjoy to work in my club. I enjoy to do what we are doing and I am not jealous of the ones that can do other things.

“I’d love my players to get the same contract as David De Gea or Kevin De Bruyne. I would love them to get that money.”

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