Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho, has hit back at Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, after he mocked Mourinho for measuring a goal post.
Before a mid-week Europa League clash, Jose Mourinho, who played as an amateur goalkeepeer when he was younger, had to request a new Goal post after he measured the goal post and found out they were not of the right dimension. Solskjaer on Saturday referred to Mourinho’s checking of the goalposts after Brighton repeatedly hit the goal post in 3-2 defeat to Manchester United. Speaking after the match, Solskjaer told BT Sport: “You have to be happy Jose is not here to measure the goalposts!”
Jose Mourinho who settled for a 1-1 draw with Newcastle didn’t see the funny side of Solksjaer’s comments and quickly hit back at Solskjaer who replaced him at Old Trafford, saying the Red Devils manager was over reliant on penalties.
Asked if he measured the goalposts before the game, Mourinho told Sky Sports: “No, because I know the goalposts are fine. I think Ole yesterday was so happy and surprised with what happened to his team that he had a joke.
“But I understand for him the dimensions of the goalposts are not important. For him, what is important, is the dimensions of the 18-yard box.
“He would never accept to play with a 17-yard box, I think he would prefer a 22-yard box! For him it would be better.”
Since the start of last season, Manchester United’s Premier League games have produced 20 penalties, the most of any team in that time.
Mourinho swiped at Solksjaer in July suggesting Bruno Fernandes helped United achieve Champions league qualification because they were so many penalties awarded.
“Bruno came in, was fit, played very well, improved the United team and also proved to be a great penalty taker, one of the best in the world, because he had about 20 to score,” Mourinho told Record.