Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pokes fun at Jose Mourinho after Manchester United’s comeback win over Brighton

The Norwegian was thankful that Mourinho wasn’t in the opposite dugout (Pictures: Getty / BT Sport)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was grateful that Jose Mourinho was not on hand on to measure the goal posts as Manchester United survived a scare on Saturday, with Brighton hitting the woodwork five times.

The Red Devils picked up their first win of the Premier League season at the Amex, recovering from conceding a stoppage-time equaliser to win a penalty after the final whistle had been blown – with Bruno Fernandes dispatching the spot-kick to secure a 3-2 victory.

Brighton felt incredibly hard done by not to get at least a point from the game, having dominated the contest and created a host of chances.

United claim all three points in dramatic fashion against Brighton (Picture: Getty Images)

Leandro Trossard hit both the left and right post in the first half, before rattling the crossbar in the second half, while Adam Webster also hit the bar with a looping header and Solly March fired against the inside of the post.

Solskjaer was fully aware that his side ‘got away with one’ against Brighton and jokingly suggested United were lucky that Spurs boss Mourinho has not been in the opposing dugout.

On Thursday night, Tottenham were in Macedonia to face Shkendija in the Europa League and discovered shortly before kick-off that the goal dimensions were 5cm less than they should be, with Mourinho demanding that goal posts were replaced.

Speaking to BT Sport after the Brighton win, Solskjaer quipped: ‘First of all you have to be happy that Jose is not here to measure the goal posts – it might have been a smaller goal!

‘But of course they created too much for my liking. But they’re a difficult team to play against.

‘We tried to press but they’ve got really good ball players at the back who played really well, so we didn’t really get there.

‘And then when we were low, you can see we don’t really have the legs and sharpness still, but we’ll get there.’

Speaking about Shkendija’s small goals, Mourinho had said: ‘Before the game was a funny situation because my goalkeepers told me that the goal was small.

‘I went by myself and of course the goal was small. The goalkeepers, they spend hours and hours and hours in the goal so they know when the goal is not the right dimension.

‘I am not a goalkeeper but I know football since I was a kid and I know when I stand there and I spread my arms and I know the distance, so I felt immediately that something was going wrong.

‘We got the UEFA delegate to confirm and yes it was 5 centimetres smaller, which of course we demanded for the goals to be replaced for goals of the right dimension.’

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