Mourinho laments lack of respect

MANCHESTER • Disrespected is how Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho feels, despite the haul of silverware he has amassed in his career.

The Portuguese faces Arsene Wenger and a high-flying Arsenal side at Old Trafford today. Both know three points will represent not just a victory but also a blow to the other's confidence.

Despite his three Premier League titles, the last during his second spell with Chelsea in the 2014-15 season, Mourinho bristled at the notion that he was not appreciated as much as Wenger.

He said yesterday: "In the Premier League - just Premier League - tomorrow is a match between two managers with the best record. Six or seven titles.

"Should we be respected even in periods when our results are not that best? I think Mr Wenger gets that. I don't think I do, even though my last Premier League title was 18 months ago. No respect."

United are sixth in the table with 18 points, already six adrift of the third-placed Gunners.

Yet Mourinho was undeterred. He said: "I am in the club where I want to be. I was champion in four different clubs: Porto, Real Madrid, Inter and Chelsea.

"I want to be champion in every club I work (at), which is quite a nice record if I can do that, so I want to do that at Manchester United."

He added that United captain Wayne Rooney is "ready" to play against Arsenal. Rooney had apologised for images taken on Saturday night of him allegedly drunk at a wedding while on international duty with England.

"What happened in the national team I don't comment on," said Mourinho. "I don't interfere for good or bad. Sometimes players come back stronger than when they left because something positive happened.

"Other times they are not as strong because of injuries or frustration because the result was bad. We know what didn't go well but it is a different chapter that is closed until March."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 19, 2016, with the headline 'Mourinho laments lack of respect'. Print Edition | Subscribe