Jose Mourinho’s biography contains sensational claims that the Portuguese manager threatened to break Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s face. The Manchester United boss has now had his say on the issue.
The bad blood between Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Mourinho from his time as Chelsea manager is very well documented. It has been brought to the limelight once again with the author of Jose Mourinho’s biography, Robert Beasley, quoting some sensational words from the Portuguese.
“You can see how close he was [to me]. I am happy. He made his money, that’s fine. That’s fine for me,” said Mourinho ahead of the Red Devils game against Leicester City, according to SkySports.
“I prefer just to not comment. That’s my last word about it and again, I repeat, he is making his money. That’s fine for me.”
The transfer of Juan Mata from Chelsea to Manchester United in 2014 was the tipping point of the feud between Wenger and Mourinho. The Arsenal manager said that he was surprised by the move because Chelsea sold a good player to a direct rival.
This prompted Mourinho to snap back soon after, and quite explosively. The Manchester United manager called Wenger a ‘voyeur’ and a ‘specialist in failure’ and things have just gotten worse between the pair since then, even involving a physical altercation at the touch-line.
Mourinho is known as the master of mind games when it comes to unsettling his opposition managers through the press. However the biography claims that Mourinho wanted to ‘break his face’, which is a very different proposition altogether.
The controversy surrounding the quotes will only further the anticipation for the match between Arsenal and Manchester United. It takes place in mid-November and this issue is sure to be brought up once again in the weeks leading up to the game.