Jose Mourinho has reportedly said privately that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ‘out of his depth’ in his old job as Manchester United manager.
Solskjaer succeeded the Portuguese tactician in the hot seat at Old Trafford midway through last season, and has had mixed success so far.
United are within striking distance of the top four when the Premier League restarts next week and Solskjaer’s men come up against Mourinho’s Tottenham side first up.
The Reds won 2-1 when the sides came up against each other earlier this season, with Marcus Rashford inspiring a crucial home victory.
And Mourinho appears to have added fuel to the fire ahead of the second meeting. As reported by Daniel Taylor in the Athletic, he has been telling people that Solskjaer might be out of his depth.
Solskjaer, perhaps justifiably has had his fair share of critics since taking charge, given his CV can hardly be compared to Mourinho’s illustrious career.
But there is reason for cautious optimism under the Norwegian who has certainly enjoyed better recruitment as United boss.
United could still realistically win the FA Cup, Europa League and finish in the Champions League positions under Solskjaer, which would eclipse what Mourinho achieved during his two-and-a-half year spell at the club.
Surely these reports will only add to Solskjaer’s motivation to do the double over Mourinho at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Friday evening.