On Sunday, April 11, Manchester United visited Tottenham Hotspur to play a Premier League match which ended 3-1 in favor of the visitors.
During the first half of the game, Manchester United’s Scott McTominay was involved in the build-up that led to Edison Cavani’s goal which ought to be the first goal of the match.
However, the center referee, Chris Kavanagh had to visit the pitchside monitor when he noticed that Heung-Min Son had fallen on the pitch during the build-up to Cavani’s goal.
The referee with the aide of the Video Assistant Referee confirmed that Scott McTominay’s stray hand hit the face of Heung-Min Son, hence, he canceled Cavani’s goal. In the 40th minute, Heung-Min Son put Tottenham Hotspur ahead and the host ended the first half with a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, Manchester United changed the scoreline with goals from Fred in the 57th minute, Cavani in the 79th minute, and Mason Greenwood in the additional 6th minute.
After the game, the coach of Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said if he was the father of Heung-Min Son, he would not offer the South Korean star food for conning the referee.
“I have to say if my son stays down like this for three minutes and gets 10 of his mates around him… if he gets that in the face from one of his other mates and he needs 10 of his mates to help him up, he won’t get any food”, the Red Devils coach said.
In reaction to Solskjaer’s description of the incident involving Scott McTominay and Heung-Min Son, Jose Mourinho expressed his anger that the media team at Tottenham vs Man United’s post-match press conference did not ask him to react to Ole’s comment against Son.
Afterward, he went ahead to describe Heung-Min Son’s father as a better person than the coach of Manchester United. He stressed that he is very disappointed over the comment of Ole.
“Let me tell you something. I am very, very surprised that after the comments that Ole made on Sonny, you don’t ask me about it”, Mourinho said after Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United on Sunday.
“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, ‘If it was my son I wouldn’t give him dinner tonight,’ or something like that, what would be the reaction?
“It is very, very sad. I think it’s really sad that you don’t ask me about it. Sadly, you don’t have the moral honesty to treat me the same way you treat others.
“I just want to say, Sonny is very lucky that his father is a better person than Ole because I think a father – I am 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 am very, very disappointed, and as we say in Portugal bread is bread and cheese is cheese, I told Ole already what I think about his comments.”
Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clashed on the pitchside
Besides the clash between Manchester United’s Scott McTominay and Tottenham Hotspur’s Heung-Min Son, Jose Mourinho, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly exchanged bitter words on the pitchside during Sunday’s game.
Though it was not confirmed what they said to each other, Solskjaer confirmed that he said some things to Jose Mourinho during the game which he wished he had taken back.
“Sometimes some words are being said. But the most important thing is we’re colleagues and friends”, Solskjaer said. “Before, during, or after a game, you can have a bit of a dispute.
“I think we’ve got the utmost respect for each other, and I think that’s the point here. Sometimes it’s some words being said. I had a couple of words I could take back at that time.”
Tottenham Hotspur’s defeat at the hands of Manchester United has pushed Jose Mourinho and his boys down to the 7th spot on the league table with 49 points in 31 games, two points above Everton who have two games in hand. While Manchester United remain second on the league table, 11 points below first-placed Manchester City.