Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has played down his personal feud with Arsene Wenger, stating that the latest controversy is just an attempt to sell books.
Extracts of Rob Beasley’s new book on the Portuguese trainer have been published in The Daily Mail this week and unearth conversations that the journalist had with the former Chelsea boss.
In the article it states that Mourinho stated that he wanted to break Wenger’s face after the Arsenal manager questioned the reasons behind him selling Juan Mata to Premier League rivals United.
Over the years the pair have clashed on the touchlines, with a mutual disdain evident from the way they treat each other and from comments in the press.
Despite the latest fuel to the managerial fire, Mourinho has moved to minimise talk of the pair’s hatred for each other.
The United manager has stated that he has respect for Wenger and does not want to talk about the issue any further.
“I met Arsene Wenger a couple of weeks ago and, like civilised people, we shook hands. We sat on the same table, we had a dinner together with other people,” he told Sky Sports.
“We exchanged ideas, we were speaking because we are civilised people. Again, I don’t think the book will be in the gallery of the Shakespeares and so on.
“I prefer just to not comment. That’s my last word about it and again, I repeat, he is making his money. That’s fine for me.”
Wenger has never beaten Mourinho in 13 attempts since the Portuguese moved to Chelsea in 2004, with the pair’s feud set to be resumed when United play Arsenal later in the season.