Sunday 18 February 2018

Jose Mourinho bemoans the fact that he is not as respected as rival Arsene Wenger

Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger
Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has claimed he does not get the respect he deserves ahead of his latest meeting with his old foe Arsene Wenger.

Mourinho and Arsenal boss Wenger have had a bitter rivalry stretching over the last 12 years, yet it is their poisonous relationship off the pitch that has been the subject of huge debate down the years.

Touchline scuffles and verbal spats between the duo have dominated their heated rivalry, with Mourinho offering subtle digs in the direction of Wenger in these pre-match comments.

“Tomorrow is a match between the two managers with the best record in the Premier League,” stated Mourinho.

“Alex Ferguson is not here anymore and tomorrow between the two managers we are speaking about I think six or seven Premier League titles, I’m not sure. I have three I think and Mr Wenger has three.

“Does that mean we should be respective even in periods where our results are not the best? I think Mr Wenger has that respect from all of you, I don’t think I have. My last Premier League title was 18 months ago not 18 years go (Wenger won his last title 12 years ago), I don’t get that respect to be honest.

“I just follow my way because I want to win a ninth championship and I want to win a fourth Premier League.”

Mourinho went on to dismiss suggestions that he is not happy at United, after a difficult start to his reign on the pitch was compounded by his confession that he is not enjoying life living in a Manchester hotel.

“I am in the club where I want to be, it is as simple as that,” he stated. “When I was sacked at Chelsea, I was not in trouble. I had lots of offers.

“I could be working one week after. I could be working immediately after I leave Chelsea. I could be working at some of the leading clubs in Europe. I waited to work in a club where I wanted to be.

“I was champion in four different clubs, Porto, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Chelsea. I want to be a champion in every club where I work, which is quite a nice record if I can do that. I want to do that at Manchester United.”

The United boss confirmed that full-back Luke Shaw is available to face Arsenal after his injury concerns in recent weeks, but he was in no mood to discuss the fitness of Chris Smalling, after he publicly criticised the defender for not playing against Swansea in the last round of Premier League matches.

Reports suggest Smalling is suffering with a broken toe, but Mourinho refused to engage on the subject.

“Chris Smalling you cannot ask because you have your sources, you trust your sources, you believe what your sources tell you and you did that for 15 days so now you are not going to ask me to comment on your sources,” added a clearly annoyed Mourinho.

“So on Chris Smalling I don’t comment, you have your trustful relationship with your sources, you wrote, you spoke, you comment, you criticise, I don’t say a word. You do the big headlines with your sources and now I’m not interested.”

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