Mourinho responds to Solskjaer

Tottenham Hotspur coach Jose Mourinho countered Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s claim that winning cup competitions is “sometimes a matter of ego for managers and clubs” by claiming that the “big boss Norwegian Sir Alex Ferguson would disagree.

Manchester United manager Solskjaer had aimed a barely veiled beard on his predecessor when defending his own record at Old Trafford, failing to win a trophy in his two years at the helm.

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Solskjaer is set to lead United to second in the Premier League this season, a feat Mourinho also achieved accompanied by Europa League and EFL Cup wins in 2017.

Mourinho has often been accused of prioritizing victory over style or youth development and, when asked about Solskjaer’s comments, the 58-year-old claimed the former United boss Ferguson, who took his retirement in 2013 after winning 38 trophies during 26 years at the helm, would. disagreed.

“That’s his opinion,” Mourinho said at a press conference on Friday. “I’m pretty sure her big boss Sir Alex has a different opinion on this. But I respect what Solskjaer thinks. I think differently and [there should be] freedom of thought, freedom of ideas.

“If that’s how he thinks, that’s fine with me. That’s no problem for me. It’s not disrespecting anyone. But I believe, I repeat, that his big boss and most big in Premier League history has a different take on that. “

Mourinho also insisted he accepts the challenge of trying to compete for top honors at Tottenham against teams with much greater resources.

Manchester City this week revealed they now have the Largest Premier League payroll ever at £ 351million, a tantalizing sum that hasn’t stopped them from handing Kevin De Bruyne a new four-year contract that will see him surpass United goalkeeper David De Gea as England’s highest-paid player with £ 400,000 a week .

In contrast, Harry Kane, Spurs’ top earner, is paid around half that amount.

“I am very happy to do it. My career is long, I have worked in clubs with a different history, with different economic resources, with different ambitions and I have always loved,” said Mourinho.

“Of course you know I’ve been in England for so many years and I know how things go. That’s okay. If Kevin were to sign an ‘X’ million deal, I would like him to sign. a contract of three times ‘X’ million. Good for him. He deserves it, he is a fantastic player, so if Pep- [Guardiola] – or one of the coaches of the best teams – has “X” millions to spend, so much the better for them.

“No problem. I like working in my club, I like doing what we do and I’m not jealous of those who can do other things. I would like my players to get the same contract as David De Gea or Kevin. De Bruyne. I would love to see them get this money. “