therThe current and the former United coaches, Solskjaer and Mourinho have been trading light-hearted shots in the media over the last week.
Solskjaer has hit back at Tottenham’s coach Mourinho’s assertion that the Red Devils are reliant on penalties.
The two, have been engaged in a light-hearted war of words ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Old Trafford this Sunday.
The Norwegian lit the blue touch paper after his side’s last-gasp victory over Brighton last weekend. He thereafter poked fun at Mourinho for measuring the goalposts ahead of Tottenham’s Europa League qualifier with Shkendija.
Mourinho didn’t take the taunt kindly and responded by saying, “Ole yesterday was so happy and surprised with what happened to his team that he had a joke”.
“But I understand that for him, the dimensions of the goal-posts are not important to him. What is important is the dimensions of the 18-yard box. He would never accept to play with a 17-yeard box.”
“I think he would prefer a 22-yard box. For him, it would be better”.
Mourinho’s latest comments were put to Solskjaer in Friday’s pre-match press conference in which the Norwegian admitted his back and forth with “The Special One” is just a bit of fun.
“Ha haha. No. The rules are as they are in football, aren’t they?” Said Solskjaer.
“I didn’t really think more about than one. It’s just more for you and the media. I think it’s important that we have a bit of entertainment as well and Jose has throughout the years given us some fantastic moments in football. Both in his press conference and on the pitch”.
“But as a striker, I didn’t mind how big the box was. When I got in there, It was just a strike on goal”.
The former United hitman has however refused to be drawn to the notion his side is in a much better place than they were under the Portuguese’s leadership.
He said, “I’m not sure if I’m the right one to talk about progress or where we’re at. I’ve had my view on what to do and had the backing to go with my plans and vision and we’re all different”.
“We’ve given young players a go and let many good players go. Other people can assess that progress. But I’m enjoying working in this environment”.