LONDON: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho stoked the embers of his rivalry with Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger after his side’s damaging 2-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium.
Second-half goals by Granit Xhaka and United alumnus Danny Welbeck earned Arsenal victory on Sunday as Wenger overcame Mourinho in a Premier League game for the first time in 13 attempts.
Mourinho had claimed that “peace” reigned between himself and Wenger prior to the game, but he questioned the Frenchman’s poor record against him afterwards and accused him of putting unfair pressure on the fourth official.
“Arsenal fans are happy and I’m happy for them,” said Mourinho, whose side had been unbeaten in 25 league games. “It’s the first time I leave Highbury or Emirates and they’re happy. I left Highbury, they were crying. I left the Emirates, they were crying. They were walking the streets with heads low. Finally today they sing, they [wave] their scarves. It’s nice for them. It’s a big club. You think I enjoy a big club like Arsenal not winning big trophies? I’m not enjoying that. But today I tried to win.”
He added: “Arsene Wenger is not a small manager. He’s a big manager. To have that record of winning so many matches [against him] and not losing is something that is not normal. Normal is win, lose, draw. It’s not normal. I really don’t care about it. And today, no problems. We shook hands before the game, we shook hands after the game. And during the game I didn’t like what I never like: he puts too much pressure on the fourth official all the time.” Agencies