Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s son – Noah – has revealed that he saw the funny side to the war of words that broke out between his father and Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho following Sunday’s Premier League clash.
Spurs were beaten 3-1 by United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after second half goals from Fred, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood turned the game on its head following Son Heung-min’s opener for the Londoners.
After the game, which saw United come from behind to win on the road once again this season, Solskjaer, who will be looking to see his side progress to the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League when they face Granada in the second-leg of their quarter-final showdown on Thursday evening, took aim at Spurs ace Son for the way he had gone down when being struck in the face by an arm from Scott McTominay during the first half.
Solskjaer took exception to Son’s reaction as United went on to score through Cavani from that moment, only for VAR to rule it out and award a foul in Spurs’ favour.
The United chief made a tongue-in-cheek joke about Son’s theatrics, joking that he would not give his son any food if he had gone down so easily and required his teammates to help him back to his feet.
“We shouldn’t be conned,” Solskjaer said. “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.”
Solskjaer’s comments soon attracted a response from Spurs chief Jose Mourinho, who said: “Sonny is very lucky his father is a better person than Ole.
“I am a father and as a father you have to always 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.”
Remarkably, Solskjaer’s son, Noah, has now got involved in the war of words, joking that his father always gives him food and that Mourinho had used the United manager’s comments to try and take the limelight away from his side suffering a damaging defeat in their aspirations of finishing inside the top-four this season.
“Yes, I laughed well on Sunday. I always get food. I can assure everyone about that,” Noah told local Norwegian newspaper Tidens Krav.
“Yes, Max [Williamsen] asked me if I had been given food when he met me before training today. I had never been lying down the way Son did. Mourinho probably just wanted to take the focus away from the fact that they had lost.”
Sunday’s defeat at the hands of the Red Devils has left Spurs in seventh-place, six points shy of the top-four.
On the defeat to Solskjaer’s side itself, Mourinho admitted that his side had lost out to a team who are excellent travellers in the Premier League this term.
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Mourinho said: “They have a fantastic away record. Why? They’re a very good team, but it’s the kind of defeat where I am not going home upset with my players.
“They gave what they can, and they gave it in two difficult situations. When they scored the first goal and the second goal, our best chances in the game were after they scored the first and second goal.
“We chose that mentally, emotionally the team was strong, was committed and was fighting to win the match.”