Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he disagrees with Manchester United counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s opinion that trophies don’t determine success.
Ahead of the Tottenham v Man Utd showdown on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, Mourinho added that he believed Solskjaer’s manager during his playing days at Old Trafford – Sir Alex Ferguson – had also seen the value of silverware .
Solskjaer said his team’s progress should not be judged on whether they win the Europa League this season and said the obsession with winning silverware is an “ego thing” for some.
But Mourinho, who has an impressive number of trophies on his CV – including the Europa League and the League Cup during his own tenure at United – doesn’t share that view.
“That’s his opinion (of Solskjaer),” Mourinho said. “I’m pretty sure her big boss Sir Alex had a different opinion on this.
“But I respect what Solskjaer thinks. I think differently.
“Freedom of thought, freedom of ideas, and if that’s what he thinks, that’s fine with me. That’s okay with me, he doesn’t disrespect anyone.
“But I repeat that I believe his big boss, and the biggest in Premier League history, has a different take on this.”
Mourinho is unhappy with the media coverage he received this week following Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Newcastle.
After the game, Mourinho criticized his players and also claimed that Toby Alderweireld had only trained with the squad on Saturdays ahead of time – although the club had released photos on his club’s channels from the Belgian with the group from Wednesday.
Asked during his pre-match press conference on Friday if he wanted to clarify these comments, Mourinho chose not to do so, before escaping to play in a staff match at the club’s training ground. .
He said, “I cannot clarify and I cannot clarify because you have been talking about it all week.
“You play the game, enjoy the game all week long and now I want to enjoy my game at 1 pm and now I am here to answer the question you have already answered all week long.
“I have nothing to clarify.
“If I have to clarify, I clarify with my people and not with the knowledgeable people who have written, spoken and sold newspapers and with the public on radio and television.
“You don’t even pay me a percentage so I’m not going to play the game.
“Let me play, I’ve been working in the gym for two weeks for this game and now I’m going to be late.”