The new Manchester Manager, Jose Mourinho, whose full names are: José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix, has insisted that he has no plans to reignite his personal rivalry with the new Manchester City Manager, Pep Guardiola. The United boss said this could affect Manchester United’s chances of winning the Premier League.
The two managers Jose and Pep share a history of animosity stemming from their time in charge of Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, respectively.
Mourinho said he cannot afford to focus on Guardiola next year, as he admits he did at times in Spain, as United face a greater number of rivals in England.
In a statement to a group of football coaches in Lisbon on Tuesday, Mourinho said:
”What has happened in the past does not allow me to be innocent. For two years Pep and I were in a league where the champion would be either me or him, Real Madrid or Barcelona.
In a situation like this, individual fights make sense because they can influence things. But in the Premier League, if I focus on him and Manchester City, and he on me and Manchester United, someone else is going to win the league.”
Mourinho and Guardiola will face each other for the first time in English football when they take charge of Manchester United Manchester City respectively next season.
Mourinho began his duties as United’s new manager on Monday and was given a guided tour of the club’s training facilities by Sir Bobby Charlton and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
See pictures of the new United manager and his family, below:
Jose Mourinho & his wife, Mathilde Faria Mourinho
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