United boss Solskjaer, who has yet to win anything since taking charge nearly two-and-a-half years ago, claimed “trophies are for egos" for some managers and building long term foundations for success is more important to him.
Mourinho said: “It's his opinion. I'm pretty sure his big boss Sir Alex had a different opinion about it. But I respect what Solskjaer thinks. I think different.
“Freedom of thinking, freedom of ideas, and if that is what he thinks that is fine by me. It's not a problem for me, he's not being disrespectful to anyone.
“But I repeat I believe his big boss, and the biggest in Premier League history, has a different view in relation to that."