LONDON – A season that provided the flickers of a title challenge is now turning into the worst of Jose Mourinho's managerial career.
Of all the managers to inflict Tottenham's 10th loss of the Premier League season, it was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who replaced Mourinho at Manchester United.
Maybe that explains why Mourinho was so irritated with Solskjaer after a 3-1 home loss to United saw Tottenham fall six points from fourth place. That spot is occupied by West Ham again after the east London club beat Leicester 3-2 on Sunday.
The post-match focus at Tottenham was less on Edinson Cavani’s diving header that put second-place United 2-1 in front and more on the circumstances that denied the forward the game's opening goal.
Cavani had slotted through Hugo Lloris’ legs after the ball was rolled into his path by Paul Pogba. But then the goal was ruled out after a lengthy VAR review penalized Scott McTominay for a push on Son Heung-min who went tumbling to the ground.
“The game has gone ... if that’s a clear and obvious error," Solskjaer said. “We shouldn’t be conned but I have to say, if my son stays down like this for three minutes ... and he needs his 10 mates to help him up, he won’t get any food."
Mourinho bristled at Solskjaer's criticism of Son, who did go on to break the deadlock in the 40th minute.
“Sonny is very lucky that his father is a better person than Ole because I think a father you always have to feed their kids, it doesn't matter what they do," Mourinho said. “If you steal to feed your kids, you steal. I am very, very disappointed. Like we say in Portuguese, ‘Bread is bread, cheese is cheese.’ I told Ole what I think about his comments."