Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals Jose Mourinho’s complaint upon his return to Old Trafford


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho shake hands after Manchester United's clash with Tottenham
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that Jose Mourinho complained about the locker room at Old Trafford (Photo: Getty)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that Jose Mourinho was far from impressed by the appearance when he returned to Manchester United as Tottenham manager earlier in December.

Mourinho was on the losing side taking the Spurs ‘lead for the first time at Old Trafford since being sacked by United, Marcus Rashford doubling the hosts’ 2-1 win.

Despite a disappointing end to his two-and-a-half-year tenure at the club, Mourinho was welcomed by United’s home support on his way to the Premier League shock at the Theater of Dreams.

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Mourinho had only encountered Solskjaer once before, when Chelsea met Cardiff in 2014, but the Portuguese did not hesitate to express his grievances before kick-off.

“We talked before the match,” said Solskjaer, who took over the reins of Mourinho in December 2018, at the United We Stand fanzine.

“I hadn’t really met him before, only briefly when he was at Chelsea and they played in Cardiff. We had a pleasant conversation.

“He complained about the outside locker room, the one he had changed!

“There was a positive atmosphere between us – it was good to see him again. “

Manchester United training session
Solskjaer took over the reins of Mourinho in December 2018 (Photo: Getty)

Solskjaer admits that some players may have been affected by “personal calendars” last year, but now believes there are no “bad apples” on his team.

“In March 2019, the players were physically tired, mentally tired and we had injuries. The players started with a negative thought, whereas now it is a positive thought, “he added.

“There were other things I didn’t like last year, some personal calendars that couldn’t be settled until the summer.

“There will always be players who want to play more in football, but if a team wants to succeed, the players must be available at different times.

“I think in this group we don’t have a bad apple. “

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Solskjaer is confident that he has proven to the United owners that they made the right decision by appointing him Mourinho’s successor.

The Norwegian continued: “I am a red from start to finish. United matters to me.

“I am honest, I am faithful. I am a club man.

“I plan for the long term and want the best for the club in the long term.

“I would like to think that they thought I had the personality to manage Manchester United. “

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