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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer & Jose Mourinho reveal differing parenting styles following Man Utd win over Spurs

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Apr 11, 2021, 8:17 PM GMT+1
Solskjaer and Mourinho were worked up by an incident involving Son Heung-min
Solskjaer and Mourinho were worked up by an incident involving Son Heung-min | MATTHEW CHILDS/Getty Images

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit out at Son Heung-min following Manchester United's 3-1 win over Tottenham, after the forward made the most of a flailing hand from Scott McTominay.

The incident occured in the first half, with Son going down after receiving slight contact to his face from the Scot. United went on to score, only for Edinson Cavani's finish to be ruled out for the foul. Soon after, Son got on the scoresheet himself.

Although United went on to earn the three points with a 3-1 win, Solskjaer was still angered by Son's actions, criticising the South Korean after the game.

What Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said

"The game has gone," he told Sky Sports in remarkably Richard Keys-esque fashion. "Game has absolutely gone.

"If that’s a clear and obvious error, it’s an obvious error he had to look at it. It was a perfectly good goal. We shouldn’t be conned. I have to say, if my son stays down for three minutes and he needs his ten mates to help him up, he won’t get any food. We weren’t conned, the referee was."

However, Solskjaer went on to explain that the perceived injustice of the Son incident inspired his troops onto victory.

"That kick-started us. [Before the goal] we had played like a team who had played in Europe on a Thursday night [last time out]. Top reaction, we played some great stuff second half. We felt the injustice and we showed good character to come back. We can’t let those decisions ruin this good season for us."

What Jose Mourinho said in return

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho responded to Solskjaer's jibe in his post-match press conference in typically memorable fashion.

"First of all let me tell you something," Mourinho said. "I'm very, very surprised that after the comments that Ole made on Sonny you don't ask me about it.

"Because - and I told Ole already this because I met him just a few minutes ago - if it's me, telling that player A, B or C from another club, if it was my son, I wouldn't give him dinner tonight or something like that, what would be the reaction of that level?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Chris Kavanagh, Jose Mourinho, Sian Massey-Ellis
The pair have traded blows in the past | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

"In relation to that, Sonny is very lucky that his father is a better person than Ole. Because - I am a father - as a father, you have always to feed your kids, it doesn't matter what they do. If you have to steal to feed your kids, you steal.

"I'm very, very disappointed. And with me, like we say in Portugal, bread is bread and cheese is cheese, I told Ole already what I think about his comments. And I have to tell you that I'm very disappointed in five, six or seven questions, you ignore the dimension of that comment."

Call us cynical, but we think Mourinho might be trying to distract us all from another poor Spurs result...