Thursday 22 February 2018

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

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

Mark Critchley

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.

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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