Ferguson would see it differently to Solskjaer – Mourinho

Date published: Saturday 10th April 2021 10:32 - Joe Williams

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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho thinks Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson would disagree with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s views on trophies.

The Red Devils have not yet won any silverware under current boss Solskjaer but a many fans and pundits still think Man Utd are heading in the right direction under the Norwegian.

Speaking last month, Solskjaer – who has guided United to second place in the Premier League – claimed that winning trophies is more of “an ego thing for managers and clubs”.

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Solskjaer told reporters: “I felt a big rebuild had to be made. The league is always the bread and butter and that’s when you see how capable you are.

“The cups are sometimes an ego thing for managers and clubs. It’s not like a trophy will say ‘we are back’, no. It’s gradual progression at the top of the league. Sometimes the cup competitions can hide your progress a bit.”

On the progress under his management, the former Man Utd striker added: “When you see the culture here, I see progress every day. It’s for others how much to assess there’s been an improvement. We’re all aiming to win trophies at this club, but sometimes the trophy can hide other things that are happening at the club.

“It’s in the league positions that you see whether you’re progressing, really. The cups you can be lucky or unlucky. Of course we’re aiming to win, that’s why you play football. ”

Ferguson oversaw 27 years of success at Man Utd as he won 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions Leagues.

And Mourinho, whose Spurs side face Man Utd on Sunday, reckons that Ferguson would have a “different view” to Solskjaer.

When asked about Solskjaer’s comments on trophies, Mourinho said: “It’s his opinion. I’m pretty sure his big boss Sir Alex had a different opinion about it. But I respect what Solskjaer thinks. I think different.

“Freedom of thinking, freedom of ideas, and if that is what he thinks that is fine by me. It’s not a problem for me, he’s not being disrespectful to anyone.

“But I repeat I believe his big boss, and the biggest in Premier League history, has a different view in relation to that.”


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