Jose Mourinho has taken a dig at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over Manchester United’s lack of trophies, saying he disagrees with the Norwegian that trophies do not determine success.
Solskjaer said that his side’s progress should not be judged on whether they win the Europa League this campaign and claimed that obsessing over winning silverware is an “ego thing.”
But Mourinho, who has an outstanding haul of trophies on his CV – including the Europa League and League Cup during his United tenure – does not share that view.
“It’s his (Solskjaer’s) opinion,” said Mourinho. “I’m pretty sure his big boss Sir Alex had a different opinion about it. 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.”
Ex-United manager Ferguson is the most successful manager in the Premier League history and won 38 trophies in 26 years while at Old Trafford, which includes the Treble in 1999.
Solskjaer scored the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final is set to sign a new deal at the club despite failing to win any trophies at Old Trafford.
Mourinho’s dig is certain to turn up the heat before Tottenham face United on Sunday with Solskjaer aiming for revenge after suffering a 6-1 defeat earlier in the season.