London: As Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger prepare to resume their rivalry this weekend, AFP Sport recalls some of their most famous exchanges:
"Wenger has a real problem with us and I think he is what you call in England a voyeur. He is someone who likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. Wenger must be one of them –- it is a sickness. He speaks, speaks, speaks about Chelsea."
- Mourinho takes exception to Wenger's comments about his then-club Chelsea in August 2005, in remarks for which he would later apologise
"He's out of order, disconnected with reality and disrespectful. When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent." - Wenger's stinging response
"It is fear to fail."
- Wenger's verdict on Mourinho's unwillingness to talk up Chelsea's title chances in February 2014
"Am I afraid of failure? He is a specialist in failure. I'm not. So if one supposes he's right and I'm afraid of failure, it's because I don't fail many times. So maybe he's right. I'm not used to failing. But the reality is he's a specialist because, eight years without a piece of silverware, that's failure."
- Mourinho responds with interest
"It's not a way to behave on a football field. Did Mourinho provoke me? That is how I felt. I did not enter Chelsea's technical area."
- Wenger's account of a touchline altercation between the pair during Arsenal's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea in October 2014
"If it was me it would have been a stadium ban."
- Mourinho's take on Wenger's shove
"In this country, only one manager is not under pressure. Every other manager is. You know who. The one who can speak about the referees before the game, after the game, can push people in the technical area, can moan, can cry in the morning, in the afternoon, nothing happens. He can not achieve, keep his job, still be the king. In the rule book it says some managers can speak about the referees before and after games. Some others cannot. I am in the list of those who are punished if they speak about the referees."
- As Chelsea's title defence started to unspool last season, Mourinho lashed out at a familiar adversary
Published Date: Nov 18, 2016 12:56 pm | Updated Date: Nov 18, 2016 12:56 pm