Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has insisted that he hopes he can restore a friendship with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in the future.
The Portuguese boss has conceded that he has much respect for the French manager, amid their longstanding feud.
Mourinho on Wenger: “If he respects me even 50% of what I respect him we can be friends in the future. I have lots of respect for him. But the reality is that he was at Arsenal, he was the champion & I came to the country in 2004 & wanted to steal his title. That’s football.” pic.twitter.com/TpdYNInDaV
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On 20 April 2018, Wenger has announced that he will step down at the end of the current season after a 22-year spell at the Emirates Stadium.
“If he respects me even 50% of what I respect him we can even be friends in the future. I have lots of respect for him,” Mourinho told Sky Sports News.
“But the reality is that he was at Arsenal. He was the champion and I came to the country in 2004 and wanted to steal his title. That’s football.”
“But in the end, I respect him a lot, I tried to show that in the past couple of years there were no more problems at a different stage of my career with a different profile.”
“I feel sorry that after Sir Alex Ferguson – but it was obviously Sir Alex’s decision [to leave] – the next big one, the next iconic one is leaving the Premier League.”
Arsene Wenger side will travel to United on Sunday afternoon for their return clash of the Premier League.
Meanwhile, the Gunners are sixth in the Premier League table with 11 points away from the Champions League position; while United are second with 16 points behind champions Manchester City.