Jose Mourinho gives transfer assessment on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signings at Man Utd

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has praised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United for signing “quality” players and believes they have the potential to be title contenders. Spurs are riding high heading into their game against United on Sunday having enjoyed cup success against Chelsea and Maccabi Haifa this past week.

The game against Solskjaer’s side will be Tottenham’s fourth in just seven days with Mourinho hoping to get one over his former side.

He’s been boosted by the return of Heung-min Son, who picked up a hamstring injury in the 1-1 draw against Newcastle last week.

But Mourinho is yet to win against United since taking over as Tottenham manager back in November.

The Red Devils are a much different side to the team when Mourinho was in charge of the club.

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Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have all proven to be good signings under Solskjaer’s stewardship while Mason Greenwood has been a break-out star.

They’re still looking to do business before the close of the transfer window on Monday with both Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles close to signing.

And Mourinho has tipped Solskjaer’s side to be challenging for silverware this season.

“It is a team that is improving year after year,” he told Sky Sports.


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“The younger players are now older, they have more experience now. The players they have bought are players of quality.

“Many of my players, important players for me in my time at United, they are not any more important.

“They have changed their team. Players that worked with me, some of them are not even now selected or they are on the bench so that is a great evolution in the team.

“They have this ambition and this responsibility of winning titles which they haven’t done for quite a long time.

“The last one was the Europa League so they have this motivation, this potential and they are a very good side.”

He added: “I think they will [win trophies], sooner or later they will. It’s the direction where they are going.

“The younger people are getting older, are getting more experience. Young (Marcus) Rashford is still young but he is not a kid anymore. He is a mature player just to give you an example.

“The big boys like (Nemanja) Matic, they are still there for the team, for the balance of the team, for the emotional balance of the team, so I think it’s a club in evolution.

“They want to do it and of course in the Premier League nothing is easy for any one but they have the historical responsibility of doing it.”

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