Jose Mourinho claims he’s buried the hatchet with Arsene Wenger and doesn’t need to make peace ahead of Manchester United’s meeting with Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.
It comes after Wenger suggested on Thursday that he was ready for peace with the Portuguese boss, after being involved in numerous spats since Mourinho first arrived in English football back in 2004, which includes a touchline physical bust-up during the Portuguese’s days at Chelsea.
Their relationship has been one of the most rival between Premier league coaches, but Mourinho revealed that they shook hands away from the Cameras back in November and since then they have had a mutual respect for each other away from the pitch.
“He doesn’t need to make peace because there are no problems,” Mourinho told Sky Sports on Friday.
“When there is peace, I don’t have any problem.
“At the last match at Old Trafford, we shook hands before and, after, I still remember that I met him in the corridor for the press conferences. We shook hands again.
“I am a big boy. I am in football all my life. If there is a problem on the pitch, the next day it is not a problem any more.
“For me, there is no problem at all and I think he will be very pleased with me that I am going to change my team against Arsenal. I think he will be really happy with me.”
Manchester United’s last Premier League match is on May 21st but before that they will also travel to Tottenham and Southampton. With Mourinho’s current focus on the Europa League, he has confirmed he will be bringing a young weakened team to the Emirates, which is bound to delight Wenger.
At present Mourinho has maintained an unbeaten record against Wenger in 15 competitive encounters, only losing the 2015 Community Shield — a fixture not classed as “competitive” by the Football Association — during his encounters with the Arsenal manager.