Friday 9 December 2016

Day one and Jose Mourinho has already had a cheeky dig at old foe Arsene Wenger

Mark Critchley

Published 05/07/2016 | 13:00

Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have plenty of history
Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have plenty of history

Jose Mourinho wasted no time in getting a fresh dig in at his old nemesis Arsene Wenger during his first press conference as Manchester United.

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The Portuguese's feud with the Arsenal manager dates back to mid-2000s, during his first spell with Chelsea, and it look set to be reignited during the 2016/17 season.

Mourinho, keen to grab the upper hand in any early mind games, took the opportunity to make a thinly-veiled reference to Wenger's long spell without a league title.

When asked about whether he can bounce back after leaving Chelsea for a second time last December, the 53-year-old said: "There are some managers, the last time they won a title was 10 years ago. For me, it was one year."

Wenger, who is the country's longest-serving manager having joined Arsenal in 1996, has not won the Premier League title since the 2003/04 season - the season prior to Mourinho's arrival in England.

The pair infamously came to physcial blows during a league match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in October 2014.

Mourinho has also previously described Wenger as a "voyuer" and a "specialist in failure".

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