Mourinho takes swipe at Solskjaer’s Cup remark

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Tottenham Hotspur coach Jose Mourinho has hit back at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s claim that winning cup competitions is sometimes an ego thing for managers and clubs by claiming the Norwegian’s big boss Sir Alex Ferguson would disagree.

Solskjaer had aimed a thinly-veiled barb at his predecessor when defending his own record at Old Trafford, having failed to win a trophy during his two years in charge.

The 48-year-old is on course to steer United to second place in the Premier League this season, a feat Mourinho also achieved accompanied by Europa League and EFL Cup wins in 2017.

Mourinho has often been accused of prioritising winning at the expense of style or youth development and when asked about Solskjaer’s comments, the 58-year-old claimed former United boss Ferguson, who retired in 2013 after winning 38 trophies during 26 years in charge, would have disagreed.

“It is his opinion,” Mourinho said at a news conference on Friday.

“I am pretty sure that his big boss Sir Alex has a different opinion about it. But I respect what Solskjaer thinks. I think different and [there should be] freedom of thinking, freedom of ideas.

“If that is the way he thinks, that’s fine for me. It is not a problem for me. It is not being disrespectful for anyone. But I believe, I repeat, that his big boss and the biggest of Premier League history has a different view in relation to that,”

Mourinho also insisted he accepted the challenge of trying to compete for honours at Tottenham against teams with far greater resources.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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