Jose Mourinho took aim at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the media in the wake of Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester United, accusing journalists of lacking the “moral honesty” to treat him the same as other managers.
Mourinho was irked by Solskjaer’s post-match claim that Tottenham’s Heung-min Son, who opened the scoring in controversial circumstances, tried to “con” United and “wouldn’t get any food” if he was his son.
The South Korean’s 40th-minute strike came moments after Edinson Cavani had a goal ruled out by referee Chris Kavanagh, in consultation with the VAR, for a Scott McTominay foul on Son, who went down after being caught by the midfielder’s flailing hand.
Speaking to television cameras post-match, Solskjaer said: “We shouldn’t be conned. If my son stayed down for three minutes and needed 10 mates to help him up, he wouldn’t get any food.”
In a classic diversionary rant after a defeat which left Spurs six points from fourth place, Mourinho hit out at reporters for failing to ask about his opposite number’s comment in his post-match Zoom press conference.
“Let me tell you something, I’m very, very surprised that after the comments that Ole made on Sonny, you don’t ask me about it,” Mourinho responded to the final question of the briefing about Son’s role in Cavani’s disallowed goal.
“Because – and I told Ole already this because I met him just a few minutes ago – if it’s me, telling that player A, B or C from another club, was my son [and] I wouldn’t give him dinner tonight, what would be the reaction of that?
“It’s very very sad. I think it’s really sad that you don’t ask me about that.
“It’s sad you don’t have the moral honestly to treat me the same way as you treat others. In relation to that, I just want to say that Sonny is very lucky that his father is a better person than Ole.
“I am a father. I think as a father you have always to feed your kids. Doesn’t matter what they do. If you have to steal to feed your kids, you steal. I'm very very disappointed.
“As we say in Portugal, bread is bread and cheese and is cheese. I told Ole already what I think about his comments and I’m very disappointed that in five, six, seven questions you ignore the dimensions of that comment.”
Mourinho’s comments are unlikely to fully distract from a familiar Spurs performance, as they made it 18 dropped points from winning positions this season.
Goals from Fred, Cavani and substitute Mason Greenwood sealed a deserved second-half comeback for United and leaves Mourinho’s Spurs future looking bleak.
Asked if Spurs were a soft touch, in response to comments made by Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane before the match, Mourinho claimed he was unable to share his true thoughts and refused to contradict the former United midfielder.
“The pundits can say what they want. Many times of course, they’re right. Sometimes wrong. That’s the nature of the job,” he said.
“I can’t say what I think. You [the media] know that. You know that.
“You sometimes want to bring me to deep questions, to deep analysis, but then when I go, I realise that I cannot go. So this is the kind of debate for pundits, journalists to have. Is much more difficult for me to go into that.
“I would say: that one thing is opinions, another thing is facts. Opinions can be discussed, but facts, they cannot be discussed. If you go to certain numbers, to certain stats, you arrive to conclusions, facts, and then of course pundits, people with experience, with vision, with knowledge, they can have the opinions they want.
“Many, many times I would agree, other times I would disagree, but I don’t want to go into that debate.”