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Jose Mourinho not worried about Manchester United under Van Gaal

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed he is not concerned about Manchester United next season under new boss Louis van Gaal.

The Dutchman arrived for his first day of official work at Old Trafford last week but Mourinho insists his side have 'no fear' as the season draws closer.

Old friends

The pair are good friends and worked together for three years at Barcelona but they will be on opposing touchlines this season, starting when Chelsea visit Old Trafford on October 26.

Mourinho got the better of his long-time acquaintance the last time the two went head-to-head as Inter Milan beat Van Gaal's Bayern Munich side in the Champions League final in 2010.

The new United manager has a stellar record in the game having won titles in Spain, Germany and Holland.

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'No fear'

In typically relaxed fashion and sporting the usual incisive tone, Mourinho told the Mail on Sunday: "I'm not worried about him being here. I look forward to playing against United. Nothing worries me.

"I watched him at his press conference and he was pure Van Gaal - honest and open, the way he always is."

New-found rivalry

It will be a fascinating clash of two of the most decorated managers in the world when the two come face to face this season and it seems Mourinho has already began with the mind-games, although he admitted a great admiration for Van Gaal.

"He is a very, very good coach, he'll be great for Manchester United," Mourinho said.

"We are both great coaches. It's what we were born to do.

"Louis was the best coach in the World Cup and he is a good friend - really, a friend for life. I have deep respect for this man.

"He is in the best period of his career. With coaching, if you deal with winning and losing in the right way, you improve. He analyses every experience. He has got better and better."

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