Jose Mourinho had vowed not to get into personal disagreements with Pep Guardiola next Premier League season when both of them take charge of Manchester’s two biggest clubs, because it would mean “someone else” winning the title.
From 2010 to 2012 the pair had shared a fierce rivalry that was dipped with hostility in Spain, when Mourinho managed Real Madrid and Guardiola, Barcelona.
Pep Guardiola was announced as City manager next season in February; his first game will be against United in a pre-season friendly in Beijing on 25 July.
However, Mourinho, appointed recently as manager at Manchester United, has hinted that it would be counter-productive for them to focus on each other.
“[What has happened in the past] does not allow me to be innocent. For two years Pep and I were in a league where the champion would be either me or him, Real Madrid or Barcelona,” Mourinho said.
“In a situation like this, individual fights make sense because they can influence things,” He added. “[But] in the Premier League, if I focus on him and Manchester City, and he on me and Manchester United, someone else is going to win the league.”
During their time competing in La Liga, Guardiola and Mourinho each won one La Liga title, one Spanish Cup and one Spanish Super Cup. Guardiola had the trophy advantage of one Champions League title and the Fifa Club World Cup.
But now, the Portugese manager is prepared for his first season in Old Trafford, and has shown interest in signing Chlesea’s Willian and Zlatan Ibrahimovic – the latter is currently on free agent.
He was also asked whether he would sign anyone from Portugal. He quickly replied thus: “No, I will definitely not take anyone [from Portugal] to Old Trafford.”