The comments made by Ole Gunnar Soslkjaer after Sunday’s game between Tottenham and Manchester United were nothing more than a wind up.
That’s according to former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Solskjaer’s comments.
In relation to the first half’s controversy involving Son-Heung Min, Solskjaer is quoted by BBC Sport as saying, “If that was my son and he stays down and he needs his mates to help him up, he doesn’t get food because that’s embarrassing.”
Mourinho backed his player in his own post-match press conference with Sky Sports quoting him as saying, “I just want to say, Sonny is very lucky that his father is a better person than Ole.”
These comments stole the headlines after Tottenham’s 3-1 loss but McAvennie insists Solskjaer was simply trying to wind up Mourinho rather than get under his skin.
“He was just having a bite at Jose,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“Ole saying just as well he’s [Son] not my son and he needs a better Dad and all that, kids need to be fed.
“I love all that, he was just having a windup. People read into things too much and I just think Ole was on the windup.
“Mourinho is always going to protect his player there, no matter what was said last week or the week before.
“He’s said things like that before as well, I just thought it was funny to be honest.”
The loss to Manchester United was a severe blow to Tottenham’s hopes of securing a top four finish ahead of a trip to Goodison Park on Friday.
Spurs will face an injury-stricken Everton who struggled against Brighton on Monday night as their 0-0 draw was a blow to their own hopes of finishing in the top four.
In other Tottenham news, Harry Kane has privately delivered a scathing four-word verdict on Tottenham’s future.