There is a story in journalist Rob Beasley’s new book about Jose Mourinho that claims the Portuguese once threatened to break Arsene Wenger’s face in.
Mourinho, reportedly, was so angry with Wenger’s comments that the Manchester United boss had a fear of failing that not only did he call the Arsenal boss a “specialist in failure”, but he also pledged to physically assault him.
“When Mr Wenger criticises CFC and Man United over the deal with [Juan] Mata,” Mourinho is said to have told Beasley, “I will find him one day outside a football pitch and I will break his face.”
Does anyone really believe the United manager actually said that? He’s come up with some crazy comments in the past but this feels like a step too far, even for Mourinho.
Wenger certainly has no plans of getting involved in yet another dispute with the former Chelsea boss.
“Look, I haven’t read the book and I certainly won’t read it,” he said on Friday.
“I cannot comment on that. I talk about football and that’s all I do. I’m not in a destructive mode, ever. I’m more constructive and I cannot comment on that because I’m focused on tomorrow’s game and how we want to play football.”
Mourinho played it down
Mourinho has every right to feel angry with Beasley for revealing such a story, but he played it down on Friday by admitting that he and Wenger remain civilised.
“You can see how close he was [to me],” Mourinho said when asked if he felt let down by the journalist, per Sky Sports. “I am happy. He made his money, that's fine. That's fine for me.
"I met Arsene Wenger a couple of weeks ago and, like civilised people, we shook hands. We sat on the same table, we had a dinner together with other people.
"We exchanged ideas, we were speaking because we are civilised people. Again, I don't think the book will be in the gallery of the Shakespeares and so on.
"I prefer just to not comment. That's my last word about it and again, I repeat, he is making his money. That's fine for me."
Mourinho doesn’t deny making the threat, which is rather alarming. Who knows what to believe where Mourinho is concerned.
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