Jose Mourinho has had his say after Marcus Rashford put Manchester United’s record with winning penalties down to him. The now-Tottenham boss spent three years at Old Trafford.
Mourinho has told observers to “go to Opta” and take a look at his penalty record at United.
It comes as a reply to Rashford’s claim that The Special One taught them how to go down in the box with the Red Devils leading the charts in penalties awarded over the past two seasons.
A debate was ignited by Jurgen Klopp, who insisted that United were looked at favourably over spot-kicks.
“I hear now that Manchester United had more penalties in two years than I had in five-and-a-half-years,” Klopp said. “I’ve no idea if that’s my fault, or how that can happen.”
Rashford told the Football Writers’ Association: “There’s been times when we have not got penalties.
“I remember when Jose was manager, there were five or six times I can remember where I should’ve had a penalty.
“Jose ended up saying to me if you’re not savvy about the way you do it then you’re not going to get it.
“After that we started to get a few – in terms of development, you have to learn it and understand it.”
With United and Liverpool set to go head to head this weekend, the flames have already been fanned ahead of a mouthwatering encounter.
The two sides are tussling for the Premier League title, with Solskjaer’s side top of the pile at the moment.
Mourinho insisted he did not need to add to the drama but replied to Rashford’s claims.
“Look, first of all, Liverpool versus Manchester United is a big match that doesn’t need me to make it bigger, ” the Spurs boss said.
“Or it doesn’t need me to do any headlines before such a big match that I know means so much for both clubs and supporters’ population, so I’ll leave comments for later not for now.
“If you feel the need to write something about it, do it in a very simple way.
“Stats, go to Opta, stats, go to my history as a manager in my more or less 10 Premier League seasons. Compare numbers and take your conclusions.”