Mourinho heaps praise on Solskjaer over ‘very special’ win

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Jose Mourinho has credited Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for Manchester United’s victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Solskjaer, who replaced Mourinho in December as caretaker manager, now looks set to land the job permanently after leading United on an incredible run of form that has seen them jump to fourth in the Premier League.

The stunning 3-1 victory over PSG meant Solskjaer became the first boss in European Cup history to overturn a 2-0 first-leg home defeat with United going through to the quarter-finals on away goals.

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On RT, Mourinho picked out his standout performers of the week in the Champions League, he said: “In terms of players I was immediately thinking about [Dusan] Tadic because I think he was a key player in that amazing match.

“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, Ten Hag from Ajax and Solskjaer from Manchester United. Incredible results, so credit to them.

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“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.”

On United’s display in Paris, Mourinho added: “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 percent 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.”

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