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Mourinho aims ‘future talk’ swipe at Solskjaer’s Man Utd stance

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 19:27, 20 October 2019

Jose Mourinho has questioned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to continually speak “about the future” rather than focus on the present since taking charge at Manchester United.

The 56-year-old Portuguese coach is presently unemployed having been dismissed by Manchester United last December following a poor start.

A trophy-laden career: Five key things to know…

  • Mourinho is currently unemployed after being sacked by Manchester United last December.
  • He remains the only manager to lift the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A titles.
  • Mourinho guided FC Porto and Inter Milan to their latest European Cup triumphs.
  • He is Chelsea’s most successful manager having won three league titles at Stamford Bridge.
  • Mourinho joked that he will behave like Solskjaer in his new job and look to the future rather than current problems.

He was subsequently replaced by Solskjaer who, after a bright start, has stuttered and been regularly questioned by many as to whether he’s the right man for the Old Trafford job.

A club legend, Solskjaer enjoyed an illustrious playing career under Sir Alex Ferguson, winning numerous league titles as well as the 1999 Champions League trophy.

The once dubbed “baby-faced assassin” has in recent interviews with the press spoken extensively about the club’s future potential, with his mind clearly focused on a long-term project.

Mourinho, now working as a pundit for Sky television, made a passing reference to this when asked how his job-hunting was developing and suggested that being able to focus on the future was a luxury he would like to have himself.

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“I’m going to try and get a job like Ole has, and speak all the time about the future,” he said.

“I think it’s a great situation, three-year contract – the future, the young players. I think it’s a great job to do in such a giant club.”

‘More than heart’

Mourinho’s tenure at Manchester United wasn’t always marred by miserable results, he after all guided them to a second-place finish, which he claims is among his greatest achievements.

The two-time Champions League winning manager also happens to be the last Manchester United coach to defeat Liverpool in the league and he was pleasantly delighted by their application in their 1-1 draw against Jurgen Klopp’s side.

“At the start of the game I was asking United for heart. They had it but they had more than that. They were organised, they had a game plan that they stuck to,” he said.

“But (Graeme Souness) asked before the game if they could keep the defensive intensity for 90 minutes and they couldn’t.

“Liverpool were on top at the end. The result is probably fair but if I were Ole I’d be proud but also frustrated.”