Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his hit back at Jose Mourinho’s assertion that Manchester United are reliant on penalties.
The pair, 47 and 57 respectively, have been engaged in a light-hearted war of words ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Old Trafford on Sunday.
Solskjaer lit the blue touch paper after his side’s last-gasp victory over Brighton last weekend, poking fun at Mourinho for measuring the goalposts ahead of Tottenham’s Europa League qualifier with Shkendija.
Mourinho didn’t take kindly to that jibe and responded by saying: “Ole yesterday was so happy and surprised with what happened to his team that he had a joke.
“But I understand that for him, the dimensions of the goal-posts 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.”
Mourinho’s latest comments were put to Solskjaer in Friday’s pre-match press conference, in which the Norwegian admitted his back-and-forth with ‘The Special One’ is just a bit of fun.
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5. Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) – 4 years, 299 days
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“Ha ha ha. No, the rules are as they are in football, aren’t they?” Solskjaer asked. “I didn’t really think more about that one.
“It’s just more for you and the media, I think it’s important that we have a bit of entertainment as well and Jose has throughout the years given us some fantastic moments in football, both in his 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 strike on goal.”
Solskjaer, of course, took charge of United in December 2018 following Mourinho’s dismissal as manager.
The former United hitman, however, has refused to be drawn on the notion his side is in a much better place than they were under the Portuguese’s stewardship.
He said: “I’m not sure if I’m the right one to talk about progress or where we’re at.
“I’ve had my view on what to do and had the backing to go with my plans and vision and we’re all different.
“We’ve given young players a go and let many good players go, other people can assess that progress but I’m enjoying working in this environment.”