Mourinho: I Want United to Beat Arsenal in Final; BBC TV Presenter Gary Lineker Talks to Jose Mourinho about His Relationships with His Main Rivals Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson

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Mourinho: I Want United to Beat Arsenal in Final; BBC TV Presenter Gary Lineker Talks to Jose Mourinho about His Relationships with His Main Rivals Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson


Byline: GARY LINEKER

GARY LINEKER

You've pitted your wits against Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson over the years and they are two managers who have played similar games, usually against each other, so it's nice to have a third member of that team. You seem to get on better with Sir Alex than you do with Arsene. Would that be true?

JOSE MOURINHO

I like him very much. I respect, not just respect, I like him. I think he's a person to have a fight with - a word fight. Once with Porto I give him a fight during the game but Sir Alex is a person that when the game ends, everything ends. You come to my room, I go to your room . . . share a glass of wine and we speak open. I think he's a very correct person and he teaches me a few things, to be fair.

GARY LINEKER

But with Arsene Wenger it seems a little bit different . . . there's a bit more sort of spite there?

JOSE MOURINHO

I don't know him well so I think it's not fair for me to speak about somebody I don't know personally. I was with him . . .

GARY LINEKER

He's been a bit more begrudging about your success, though, hasn't he?

JOSE MOURINHO

Yes.

GARY LINEKER

Does that irritate you at all?

JOSE MOURINHO

I'm not worried with that you know - but, for example, when he says he liked other Chelsea teams much more than our team - I know why . . .

GARY LINEKER

Why?

JOSE MOURINHO

Because we are the champions.

GARY LINEKER

Envy? Jealousy?

JOSE MOURINHO

No. I think he preferred the other way when they were the champions. …

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