A fascinating new book on Jose Mourinho has revealed that the Portuguese coach was so angry by comments Arsene Wenger made following Juan Mata’s move from Chelsea to Manchester United in January 2014 that he said: “I will find him one day outside a football pitch and I will break his face”.
Mourinho has no time or admiration for Wenger and the feeling is mutual.
They don’t see eye-to-eye and it’s hard to ever imagine the situation changing.
As well as their verbal digs towards each other, Mourinho and Wenger have even come to blows on the touchline.
Back in October 2014, Wenger pushed Mourinho in front of thousands of gobsmacked supporters inside Stamford Bridge plus the millions watching around the world.
Wenger asked if he could beat Mourinho in a fight
The Frenchman, 66, clearly wasn’t bothered about getting into a scrap with a man 13 years his junior.
But does Wenger reckon he could beat up the current Manchester United boss?
Let’s face it, this is a question we all want to know the answer to, and it was put to Wenger during a live question and answer session on Facebook today.
Wenger, who became the first Premier League manager to take part in a live Facebook Q&A, was conducting the interview with BT Sport host Jake Humphrey when he was asked: “Stewart wants to know if you could beat Jose Mourinho in a fight.
“I think you’ve got a longer reach.”
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Laughing, Wenger responded: “Well, that’s within the excesses of the social media - it gives importance to things that are not so important. It’s better that we talk about the quality of the game.”
Humphrey couldn’t resist adding: “But you’d win the fight, right?”
Wenger then said: “I like to think that I’m a fighter but I do not want to fight with the other managers physically, of course.
“And when it happens, I’m sorry!”
Other managers have felt Wenger's wrath
Indeed, Mourinho isn’t the only Premier League manager who Wenger has got a little bit handy with over the years.
You might remember this touchline bust-up between the Gunners boss and Alan Pardew back in 2006 - although it was the West Ham coach who apologised for the altercation on that occasion.
Wenger: I won't be reading the Mourinho book
Earlier on Friday, Wenger also confirmed that he will not be reading Rob Beasley’s new book on Mourinho…
Who would win in a fight: Arsene Wenger or Jose Mourinho? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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