Tuesday 20 March 2018

Jose Mourinho aims fresh dig at Arsène Wenger following Arsenal draw

Arsene Wenger, left, and Jose Mourinho saw their teams draw 1-1 at Old Trafford
Arsene Wenger, left, and Jose Mourinho saw their teams draw 1-1 at Old Trafford

Mark Critchley

Jose Mourinho criticised the record of his old rival Arsène Wenger following Saturday’s 1-1 draw between Manchester United and Arsenal.

Having seen a late Olivier Giroud header deny his side three points, Mourinho claimed in his post-match press conference that the draw had felt like a defeat and he had “finally lost against Arsène”.

The Portuguese, who nevertheless remains unbeaten in the league against Arsenal, later made a point of noting that his rival had “failed to build a team to be champion” since 2004.

“I said yesterday at the press conference,” Mourinho told ESPN Brasil. “The Arsenal manager hasn’t won a championship in 14 [sic] years. I haven’t won a championship in 18 months.”

“He, in 14 years, failed to build a team to be champion. I’ve been here for four months. And the demand is only for me and not for others.”

“It must be because of the career I’ve made, because I got to the clubs and always won right away,” he added.

Mourinho’s United remained six points behind fourth-place Arsenal following the draw, having shared the points for the third consecutive league game at Old Trafford.

The former Chelsea manager cited a lack of preparation time as the reason behind his side’s sluggish start and preached the importance of ‘stability’.

“And this is a more difficult reality, because it is an extremely difficult competition, with teams being prepared for a lot longer, with excellent players, with excellent coaches.

“Manchester really live in a period that needs stability. A stability that the club wants to give me, a stability that the club gives me, a stability that the fans give me, but that the press does not accept very well.”

(© Independent News Service)

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