England Manchester United clash against Arsenal, as Jose Mourinho resumes his rivalry with Arsene Wenger on Saturday on the back of a simple message: Give me some respect.
The managers have clashed repeatedly over the years, either on the touchline. Mourinho is rarely short of an opinion when it comes to Wenger, having previously called the Frenchman a “voyeur” because of his regular comments about Mourinho’s former club, Chelsea, and a “specialist in failure” during Arsenal’s nine years without winning trophy (2005-14).
On Friday, Mourinho wondered out loud why, in his opinion, Wenger gets more credit for his achievements.
"Tomorrow is a match between the two managers with the best record in the Premier League, now Alex Ferguson isn’t here anymore,” Mourinho said, referring to his and Wenger’s record of winning three league titles each.
"Does that mean we should be respected, even in periods where our results are not the best? I think Mr. Wenger has that respect, I don’t think I have. Especially because my last Premier League title was 18 months ago, not 18 years ago. I don’t think I get that respect."
Mourinho said. “I don’t play against managers. It’s my team that plays against another manager’s team. Some records are better than others. But in the end, a football match is an isolated event.”
"You know, we didn’t lose always,” Wenger said. "We have beaten them and there was many draws as well. I think I have won against every manager in the world during my 20 years here and I do not make of this game a competition between two managers."
Wenger’s only success over Mourinho came in the 2015 Community Shield.