Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admits regrets over past clashes with outgoing Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
Jose Mourinho has admitted he regrets some of the “little negative episodes” that have featured himself and Arsene Wenger over the years.
The Manchester United manager has clashed regularly over the years with Wenger, who will end his 22-year reign as Arsenal boss at the end of the season.
Mourinho branded Wenger a “voyeur” and a “specialist in failure” when in charge of Chelsea and the pair were involved in an altercation at Stamford Bridge in October 2014.
But the Portuguese maintains he has respect for his managerial rival, and insists tensions between them are a thing of the past.
Speaking ahead of the clubs’ latest Premier League meeting, which takes place at Old Trafford on Sunday, Mourinho said: “We had big matches, big fights, so thank you so much for that.
“Regret? Little negative episodes, yes I do.
“There were little things where it would be obviously better without them – you know, some gestures, some words, it would obviously be better without it.
“I feel better now without it, no doubts about it.”
Mourinho believes Wenger will be given a decent reception by United fans on Sunday.
“I always feel the biggest rivals are our biggest friends because they’re the ones that pushed us to the limit,” he said.
“I think Manchester United fans know that until 2004 for about a decade [the rivalry] was between Manchester United and Arsenal, was between Sir Alex Ferguson and Mr Wenger.
“These great teams … Arsenal had fought shoulder-to-shoulder with Manchester United made Manchester United better and better. I hope he has a good reaction, if not good, not bad at all. And from us, the club, he is going to feel the respect we have.”