Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on his successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the sensational turnaround win against PSG.
In the first episode of his new football show with RT, former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has hailed his successor at the club, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, following the Red Devils’ “phenomenal” victory against Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their Round of 16 UEFA Champions League tie on Wednesday night.
Manchester United came back from a two-goal deficit in the first leg to beat PSG 3-1 and make it through to the quarter-finals on away goals. In the process, the 20-time English champions became the first ever team in the history of the European Cup to go through after losing by two goals or more at home in the first leg.
Following the stirring comeback that Manchester United scripted at the Parc des Princes, former manager Jose Mourinho, who was sacked by the club in December last year, was full of praises for his replacement Solskjaer.
The Portuguese, who won a UEFA Europa League and a Carabao Cup during his two and a half year stint at Old Trafford, hailed the Norwegian for United’s performances and also had words of praise for Ajax manager Erik ten Hag, who oversaw another sensational turnaround as the Dutch giants eliminated Real Madrid, after beating them 4-1 in the second leg (5-3 on aggregate).
Speaking to RT, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid boss said, “In terms of players, I was immediately thinking about [Dusan] Tadic, because he was a key player in that amazing match.”
“But I think independent of the performances, Ajax and Manchester United results are phenomenal results, and if the responsibility in the bad days is for the managers, the responsibility of the good days is then also for the managers. So for me, [Erik] ten Hag from Ajax and Solskjaer from Manchester United. Incredible results, so credit to them.”
Mourinho has been without a job since he was relieved of his duties as the Manchester United manager. The Portuguese has taken up punditry roles since, but continues to be linked with a return to management, with former club Real Madrid reported to be keen on bringing him back on board.
It remains to be seen if the mercurial Portuguese takes over the reins at the Santiago Bernabeu once more, but it was a nice touch from him to hail the roles of Solskjaer and ten Hag in the amazing comeback victories that their teams had this past week.