Sunday 19 November 2017

Grumpy Jose Mourinho questions the adulation flowing in Conte and Chelsea's direction

Manchester United's manager José Mourinho looks on during the UEFA Europa League match between Anderlecht and Manchester United at the Constant Vanden Stock stadium in Brussels on April 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's manager José Mourinho looks on during the UEFA Europa League match between Anderlecht and Manchester United at the Constant Vanden Stock stadium in Brussels on April 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hit out at the adulation flowing in the direction of Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, after claiming he never got the same level of praise when he was winning trophies for the Blues.

Mourinho will aim to halt Chelsea’s march towards the Premier League title as he welcomes his former team to Old Trafford on Sunday, yet it seems as if he is a little jealous of the praise being lavished on Conte and his former players.

In an interview with Sky Sports, a grumpy Mourinho again suggested table-topping Chelsea are a ‘counter-attacking team’, as he argued the snipes that came his way during his two successful spells in charge at Stamford Bridge have disappeared in his absence.

“When I was winning titles with Chelsea you were criticising the style of play. At the moment you don’t do it,” stated Mourinho, who will look to avenge two defeats against his former team on Sunday.

“Now to be the best counter-attacking team in the country is not to be criticised; it is an amazing thing. The best team at the end of the season is the one who is champions and we are far from it.

“I don’t know how many points we are from Chelsea but it is obvious that this season they are a much better team than us.”

In a somewhat uninspiring exchange with Sky’s Jeff Stelling, a downbeat Mourinho admitted Chelsea will be better prepared for the game at Old Trafford just four days after United were in Europa League action against Anderlecht.

He was also asked to reflect on what would be considered success in his first season at United, with the EFL Cup already in the Old Trafford trophy cabinet.

“You can say that I won a trophy in the first season but you can forget it too soon - I don’t know what is a good season for you and for me,” he added.

“For me a good season is to be ready for every match and fight for every match for the best result and to defend Manchester United’s prestige.

“We are not fighting for the title, we are just fighting to finish top four. The important thing for this club is to fight for titles and the only title we can win now is the Europa League.”

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