Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger were my sweet enemies
Jose Mourinho has stated that former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, and former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, were his sweet enemies.
Mourinho made this known ahead of a clash between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Speaking, Mourinho said his emergence in the English Premier League during the period both men held sway was like a third force.
“Wenger is a very intelligent person and one of the best managers in the history of football,” Mourinho was quoted by Goal as saying.
“I arrived in England and I found ‘the Invincibles’ and I found Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson very much hurt by that Arsenal season.
“And we were like a third force coming. Chelsea had a great desire to be champions for the first time in so many years. So, of course, it was the confrontation of forces and you can imagine that Sir Alex, Wenger and myself we were fighting for the same. We were like, I like to say in football, ‘sweet enemies’.
“My feeling is where are the next ‘Invincibles’? Where are they? Who did it again? Who made people forget that he was the manager of the invincible team? Lots of philosophies, lots of talk, lots of PR. Football today is a lot about this, but [it is about] results, and who did better than him?”, Mourinho said.