New Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho could not resist taking a swipe at long-time rival Arsene Wenger and predecessor Louis van Gaal during his first press conference today.
Mourinho was appointed as the successor to Van Gaal at the end of May, signing a three-year deal, but he spoke in front of the press for the first time on Tuesday and he didn’t take long to take a swipe at the departed Dutchman, who claimed on his appointment in July 2014 that “the most important difference is that I am training the players, not in the legs, but in the brain, in brain power”.
“I was never very good hiding behind words and philosophies,” Mourinho said on Tuesday, most probably referring to Van Gaal’s prophecies . “I was always much more aggressive in my approach.
With regards to his preferred style of the play, he added: “I imagined one of these questions were around corner. You can win the odd match not playing well but not competitions.”
Mourinho didn’t stop there with his digs though and he quickly moved on to Arsenal boss Wenger.
Wenger, who has been in charge of Arsenal for 20 years this October, has not won the Premier League title since 2003/04 – a fact which has not gone unnoticed by former Chelsea boss Mourinho.
“There are some managers, the last time they won a title was 10 years ago, the last time I won was a year ago,” added Mourinho.
“I feel I have to prove – not to the others – to myself. I will never be able to work without success. That’s my nature.
“If I have something to prove, imagine the others! To finish 4th is not the aim.”