Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lifts lid on Jose Mourinho's tunnel reaction to Man Utd win vs Spurs



Posted Thursday, December 05, 2019 by Express.co.uk

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lifts lid on Jose Mourinho's tunnel reaction to Man Utd win vs Spurs
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lifts lid on Jose Mourinho's tunnel reaction to Man Utd win vs Spurs (Image: AMAZONPRIMEVIDEO)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Tottenham gaffer Jose Mourinho was understandably unhappy after Spurs' 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Jose Mourinho could not hide his frustration after Tottenham lost 2-1 on the Portuguese's managerial return to Old Trafford. A brace from Marcus Rashford - secured either side of Dele Alli's fine strike - saw United claim three points in Wednesday night's Premier League clash.

Solskjaer was asked about Mourinho's behind-the-scenes reaction to the defeat as he was interviewed in front of the Amazon Prime Video cameras just after the full-time whistle.

And, while he did not go into too much detail about what Mourinho was up to, he suggested the former United boss was not best pleased about Tottenham dropping three points.

"No one likes to lose the game," said the embattled United boss, who replaced Mourinho last December. "But we are all the same, we just want to win games."

United's win lifts some of the pressure off Solskjaer's shoulders following recent disappointing draws against Sheffield United and Aston Villa in their previous two Premier League games.

The result - coupled with those elsewhere this week - moved United up to sixth in the top-flight standings after the first 15 games of the season.

And Solskjaer will be desperate to build on that as United seek to make an unlikely charge for the top four and qualify for the Champions League.

Mauricio Pochettino - the man Mourinho replaced in the hotseat at Tottenham last month - has been touted as an option to succeed Solskjaer thanks to his availability and managerial prowess.

Solskjaer insisted prior to the win over Tottenham, though, that he did not feel under any more pressure with other managers losing their jobs and the Argentine waiting in the wings.

"No, it doesn't make me more concerned," insisted Solskjaer, when asked recent sackings had left him worried.

"I'm not going to tell anyone how to run their football clubs but I think everyone knows continuity is one of the keys of success.

"Some clubs have more patience than others, some clubs don't have that time and continuity. For me, with Man United, we have a plan in place and hopefully we can get the results to speed it up.

"Sometimes it doesn't go at the speed you want to but it's still going in the right direction. I'm just focusing on my job and that's doing as well as I can, look forward to the next game, look long term plan things with board.

"I know our supporters and they've been very positive and that's all I can go on. But results are key for us. We've got a great chance now, the next three days to turn people's perceptions."

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