Solskjaer responds to Mourinho penalty comments

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the barbs going back and forth between him and Jose Mourinho ahead of Sunday’ game have just been a little bit of fun.


Solskjaer started the after United’ Premier against Brighton where the hosts hit the woodwork five times, joking about Mourinho’ measurement of the goal frame Tottenham’s Europa at Shkendija, where the crossbar was five centimetres lower than it was supposed be.

Solskjaer said: “You have be happy Jose isn’t here measure the goalposts, it might have been a smaller goal!”


Mourinho responded kind the next day when he suggested club are reliant on penalties.

“I think for him the dimension of the goalposts are important,” Mourinho said.


“For him what is important is the dimensions of the 18-yard box. He’d never accept play with a 17-yard box, I think he would prefer a 22-yard box.”

Solskjaer put an end to the back and forth jibes ahead of welcoming Spurs to Old Trafford on Sunday, calling it .

“We are strange times at the moment and sometimes you’ve got to have a bit of fun as well. It was just a couple of innocent comments,” the United boss said.

“For me, Jose is a very charismatic coach and manager and you’ve enjoyed in the media talking to him, I’ve enjoyed watching him and he’s a winner – but I’m one of these really goes into all these ‘mind games’, I’ve got ultimate respect for him as a coach and and everything he has given football.

“I think it’s important we have a bit of as well and Jose always throughout the years has given us some fantastic moments in football, both in press conferences 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 on goal.”

Harry Maguire is likely to return for Sunday’s game having recovered a knock which saw him miss the against Brighton on Wednesday night, and Solskjaer is hoping for an improved performance his side.

“Well a result will always be a consequence of the performance you put in,” he said. “The more we improve our performance the bigger the chance to win, players are getting fitter, sharper, stronger, even though we’re a few games behind in respect so we hope to see improvement and need to, especially the games.”