Jose Mourinho is no stranger to mind games, in fact, it seems to be very much part of his public persona.
With just 11 days to go until Premier League clubs begin battle, the Manchester United manager has aimed a subtle jibe at his Chelsea rival Antonio Conte.
The Portuguese coach was responding to the Italian’s claims that the Blues must try to ‘avoid a Mourinho season’.
Conte was referring to the 2015-16 campaign when Chelsea finished 10th after winning the Premier League title with Mourinho in the previous season.
The dire results on the pitch resulted in the 54-year-old getting sacked by the West London outfit and Conte was later appointed as Mourinho’s permanent successor.
After watching his United team beat Valerenga in a pre-season friendly in America on Sunday, Mourinho was asked by reporters about Conte’s claims.
The former Real Madrid boss responded by seemingly launching a dig at his competitor’s hair.
The Manchester Evening News quotes Mourinho as saying:
“I don’t know, I could answer in many different ways. I’m not going to lose my hair to speak about Antonio Conte.”
According to the Daily Mail, Conte had three hair transplants before moving into management.
As expected, football fans of all clubs have been reacting to the United manager’s remarks.
forget mourinho vs wenger or mourinho vs guardiola
mourinho vs conte coming up next season
— Raju Keerthivasan🃏 (@k33rth1va5an) July 31, 2017
— Sam Kingsley (@samkay12) July 31, 2017
— Almuhannad (@Almuhannad22) July 31, 2017
“I’m not going to lose my hair to speak about Conte” – Mourinho
That’ll be the same Conte who has had a hair transplant.
Mou be savage!!!
— Adesanya Gabriel (@IamAdegab) July 31, 2017
Let it just be known now, Conte shot the first shot.
Later, when Mourinho starts his own, everybody will start complaining. S'okay.
— Chidi Mbanisi (@ChidiMbanisi) July 31, 2017
That was Mourinho's birthday present for Conte?😂😂😂😂
— Thafseer (@fanelguaje) July 31, 2017
Conte says he doesn't want a 'Mourinho season' and Mourinho responds by mocking his hair, because he's a childish bully with thin skin
— Scott Johnson (@roathboy) July 31, 2017
— gunnersman TAjh (@tagelsmith1) July 31, 2017
Wouldnt blame Mourinho for that repartee. Conte begged for a beating.
— Princetructor (@revprince) July 31, 2017