Former Manchester United boss gave some accolades to his Replacement at Old-Trafford after an extraordinary display in the Champions League
The Portuguese admitted successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer delivered an extraordinary show against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night.
The Manchester United squad faced the PSG team on Wednesday in the Champions League, with united facing injury problems, United played without first team players like Anthony Martial, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard and of-course Suspended Paul Pogba.
Although trailing a 2-0 aggregate score, The united team over came the hill at the Parc des Princes to gain a 3-1 victory over the French team.
That success has enhanced Solskjaer’s claims to a permanent role at Old Trafford, having filled an interim post since stepping into Mourinho’s shoes, and his achievements continue to earn widespread praise.
Jose Mourinho concedes that the Norwegian is doing a fine job, with Mourinho telling RT of his “special” picks in European action: “In terms of players I was immediately thinking about [Dusan] Tadic because I think he was a key player in that amazing match [between Real Madrid and Ajax].
“But then after United’s victory, and putting together the two matchdays, Tuesday, Wednesday, and also because normally when things go wrong, everybody goes in the direction of the guilty manager, let’s say that.
“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.
“I would say in relation to Ajax by the tactical perspective and also by the mental aspect of their game. For Manchester United I would say the mental side of it, the self-belief, so for me very special days for these two men.”
Mourinho added on United’s game plan, which saw them allow PSG to have plenty of the ball before punishing any mistakes: “You can go in the pragmatic way and say football is not about ‘ifs’, it’s about results.
“Manchester United had four shots during 95 minutes, and in four shots scored three goals, and PSG had almost 70 per cent of ball possession, had more than 10 shots, and they scored only one. That’s the pragmatic way of looking at football, Manchester United scores three, and they deserve to go through.”