MANCHESTER UNITED manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rant about Son Heung-min on Sunday bizarrely mirrored a statement he made in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
The Red Devils boss was left fuming when Son hit the floor following a hand in the face from Scott McTominay, which eventually led to Edinson Cavani’s goal being ruled out.
And while Man Utd went on to win the game 3-1, Solskjaer still proceeded to rage at Son in his post-match interview over what he felt was a dive.
In a strange rant, he said: “If my son stays down for three minutes and he needs his 10 mates to help him up, he won’t get any food.”
But this is not the first time Solskjaer has used this sort of analogy when reacting to what he feels is diving from Spurs players.
Back in October during Tottenham’s 6-1 win over United at Old Trafford, Solskjaer gave a similar response following an altercation between Erik Lamela and Anthony Martial.
Lamela appeared to thrust an elbow into Martial, before the Frenchman responded by slapping the Spurs forward, a spat which lead to the United man being sent off as Solskjaer’s men proceeded to suffer a heavy defeat.
After that incident, the Norwegian said: “If that was my son he would live on water and bread for two weeks, that’s not how I want my players to react.”
Following the incident between Son and McTominay on Sunday, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho reportedly became embroiled in an argument with Solskjaer in the tunnel.
And the Lilywhites head coach did not back down in the post-match press conference as he hit back at the Man Utd manager’s criticism of his player.
“In relation to that, I just want to say Sonny is very lucky that his father is a better person than Ole,” he said.
“Because I think a father — and I am a father — you have always to feed your kids no matter what they do. If you have to steal to feed your kids, you steal.
“I am very disappointed because with me, like we say in Portugal, bread is bread and cheese is cheese.
“I’ve told Ole already what I think of his comments.”
Spurs reported after the match that Son had been subjected to racial abuse from vile online trolls.
The club are now considering a plan to boycott social media as the abuse Son received came just one week after Davinson Sanchez was also targeted.
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