Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended Jose Mourinho by admitting the Tottenham Hotspur manager doesn’t always get the coverage he deserves.
The Norwegian coach will be reunited with the man he replaced at Manchester United this weekend when he takes his side to face Spurs in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
Solskjaer suffered his heaviest defeat as United manager the last time he faced Mourinho in a 6-1 hammering at home to Tottenham back in October.
Ahead of the rematch Solskjaer has revealed Mourinho was ‘dignified’ and ‘almost apologetic’ after the Old Trafford rout, with the United manager still full of respect for his opposite number.
“Jose Mourinho was very dignified after the game – from what I remember,” Solskjaer told reporters. “He was almost apologetic because he knew how hard it was for me to take.
“I have the utmost respect for Jose, and you shouldn’t always believe all that is said and written about him here. There were plenty of positives from his time and he has been a manager who I look up to.”
That home defeat in October was arguably the lowest moment of Solskjaer’s reign so far, but the United manager insists he was not angry with his side after their capitulation.
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When asked if that was the angriest he had ever been after a defeat, he added: “Not at all. Even though I did not want to use it as an excuse, when you get the lack of preparation we had, having to play in Europe (Europa League end of the previous season), then some players going home, some going abroad and then having to go into quarantine, it meant we lost quite a few days.
“Would I deny the players, after the season they’d had, the chance to go and see their families? No, I totally understood the decision they took on that. But then that meant in the pre-season we were in an even worse position. I just knew we had to use that international break well, the ones that were still around. But because of all that, I was not angry with them after the Tottenham game, no.”