May 15, 2021

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Manchester United manager Solskjaer explains half-time exchange with Mourinho

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed he and Jose Mourinho are ‘good colleagues’ before the Tottenham manager scolded his Manchester United counterpart over comments he made about Son Heung-min.

Solskjaer claimed his son wouldn’t ‘get any food’ if he reacted to a challenge the way Son did to deny Edinson Cavani the opening goal in the 36th minute.

Mourinho responded by saying Son is ‘very lucky that his father is a better person than Ole’ and collared Solskjaer about his post-match comments in the corridor.

The United managers past and present acknowledged each other before and after United’s comeback victory and were filmed conversing as they headed down the tunnel at half-time in United’s 3-1 win at Tottenham. Solskjaer spoke diplomatically about Mourinho, who was second in for the post-match Zoom call.

“Sometimes some words are being said and sometimes you feel sorry for the other one,” Solskjaer said. “But the most important thing is we’re good colleagues and we’re good friends.


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“Before, after and sometimes during a game you can have a little bit of a dispute. I think we’ve got the utmost respect for each other and I think that’s the point here that it’s sometimes some words being said….I had a couple of words I can take back at that time.”

United did not complete their preparations for Tottenham until the morning of the game due to their Europa League quarter-final first leg in Granada on Thursday. United stayed in Andalusia overnight and arrived back in Manchester on Friday.

Spurs did not have a midweek fixture and led United 1-0 at half-time through Son’s strike yet United were dominant after the pause and substitute Mason Greenwood created one goal before scoring another.

“Our prep was different than normal today, done by videos and meetings,” Solskjaer explained. “We flew back Friday morning and didn’t get back until Friday afternoon and needed some recovery on Saturday, so we prepared everything.

“We didn’t move from our principles and we know Tottenham are always difficult. You have to play around them at times, put crosses in and try to play through the middle.

“The first goal was through the middle, the second a great cross and after that there’s more space created because they have to go forward.”

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