The former boss of the Red Devils knows the sting of a serious setback and assumes his successor is in for a tough night.
Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the devastation of Manchester United by Tottenham would not "kill" Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his team, however after their 6-1 mauling, the former Red Devils manager professed his compassion for his replacement.
At Old Trafford in Sunday's Premier League clash, Spurs ran riot over a 10-man Red Devils side, with doubles for Son Heung-min and Harry Kane helping to deal the damage to the hosts' sometimes woeful results.
After an early Bruno Fernandes penalty giving them a second-minute advantage, United capitulated dramatically at the back, helping to seal a legendary win with more goals from Tanguy Ndombele and Serge Aurier, whilst Anthony Martial was sent off for an altercation with Erik Lamela at the half-hour mark.
The humbling aspect of the defeat will throw some doubt on the credentials of Solskjaer as the manager to return United to the English football summit, but Mourinho, the man he replaced in the dugout in 2018, maintains that he deserves praise for an evident overall change in the fortunes of the club.
"Because of the outcome, I have compassion for Ole," he told reporters. I don't recall if I lost six times, but I lost five times, I lost four times, and I know how we hurt.
I know that it is very, very important for the winning manager to conduct in a manner in which he displays compassion. I want to win, of course, and, of course, I want to win seven, not six. Do not mistake me.
But in our actions, it's compassion. He was today, I'm tomorrow. Of course, I feel sorry for him. I can tell that he's not going to sleep very, very well tonight. Because this is our hard life.
Solskjaer was incensed by Lamela's behaviour, the Spurs winger having flung an arm at Martial and then dropped to the ground under minimal contact as the Frenchman retaliated.
Mourinho, though, suggested United were fortunate not to see further red cards, with Paul Pogba having put in one or two heavy challenges and Luke Shaw having scythed down Lucas Moura as he ran towards David de Gea's penalty area.