Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has dug the knife into Chelsea by suggesting that supporters of the Red Devils are more passionate than their counterparts from West London.
Mourinho enjoyed two successful spells at Stamford Bridge, winning titles in both periods at the club, but was unceremoniously sacked by the Blues midway through last season after a woeful start to their title defence.
The Portuguese boss was not out of management for long though and whilst Chelsea have stormed to the top of the Premier League, looking to be a surefire bet for the title, Manchester United have enjoyed success of their own- lifting the League Cup last week and boasting an incredible unbeaten run in the league.
Now, quoted by The Sun, Mourinho has stated in a season ticket renewal brochure for the Red Devils that they boast the most passionate fans he has witnessed- putting them ahead of the likes of Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
“The crowd at Old Trafford must play its part too. I have to say I’ve been impressed by your dedication and commitment, as season ticket holders here at United. I’ve managed several clubs and I have never seen such unrivalled passion. The stadium is full every time we play and the support the players receive is special.”
Mourinho’s comments are a stark contrast to what he said about Chelsea supporters in 2014 whilst managing at Stamford Bridge, where he exclaimed:
“I can clearly say we are the team to get less support in home matches. I think it’s getting worse. When comparing to my previous time, I think it’s getting worse.”
“I don’t question the passion and the love – I’m nobody to question that and I know clearly that’s not true. Chelsea fans show us their passion for this club every day, but there is a certain line of living [way of behaving] at the matches at Stamford Bridge.”
Whilst Mourinho may be being a tad biased, it does set things up very nicely for Manchester United’s trip to West London next weekend in the FA Cup quarter-final and it could give the Blues incentive to emerge triumphant at Old Trafford in the Premier League next month.