Mourinho hits back at Solskjaer with Man Utd penalty dig


Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has taken a dig at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the Manchester United head coach made a joke about the Portuguese manager.

Solskjaer made the comment after United’s 3-2 victory over Brighton, which saw them earn all three points thanks to a late Fernandes penalty which was given after a VAR check – this happened after the referee had blown the final whistle.

Brighton hit the woodwork five times during the match and, in his post-match interview, Solskjaer said they were lucky, referencing Mourinho’s complaints about the size of the goalposts during Tottenham’s Europa League trip to Macedonia this week.

Speaking to BT Sport, Solskjaer said: “We got away with one. Maybe one point we deserved, we didn’t deserve more. But the character deserved more.

“Last season we had too many draws, so that is a big plus for us. You have to be happy Jose is not here to measure the goal posts – it might have been a smaller goal!”

Jose Mourinho has now hit back at Solskjaer, aiming a dig at the amount of penalties the Red devils have been awarded.

When asked if had measured the goalposts ahead of Tottenham’s match against Newcastle, Mourinho told Sky Sports: “No, because I know the goalposts are fine.

“I think Ole yesterday was so happy and so surprised with what happened to his team that he had a joke.

“But I understand that for him the dimensions of the goalpost are not important for him. What is important is the dimensions of the 18-yard box. “He would never accept to play with a 17-yard box, I think he would prefer a 22-yard box. For him, it would be better.”

The Portuguese also stoked the fire ahead of his return to Old Trafford by taking a dig at his former club after Tottenham’s 1-1 draw on Sunday.

‘At some clubs, even after the last whistle, it’s possible for something important to happen, but for us I knew that after the last whistle it was over,’ said Mourinho.


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