Claudio Ranieri plays down rift with Mourinho ahead of clash

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri says that Manchester United Jose Mourinho is a “fantastic person” and that their feud was “prehistoric”.

Both managers had their differences before as the defending English champions play Manchester United at Old Trafford this weekend.

Mourinho called Ranieri “a loser” after replacing him at Chelsea and also insulted him after moving to Inter Milan. The Portuguese also won the treble with Inter at the end of his three-year spell in 2010, while Ranieri was in charge of Juventus and Roma during that period.

He also criticised Ranieri’s command of English, said he was “almost 70” when he was 56 and again questioned whether he had the mentality to win titles.

However, Ranieri said that Mourinho is a “fantastic manager” and “[The issues] were a long time ago.”

“I love red wine, and if he offers I will go and drink it with him,” the Italian said.

Meanwhile, United ended a run of three defeats with a win at Northampton in the League Cup midweek, after which Mourinho called his critics “football Einsteins”.

Mourinho – who won his third and most recent Premier League title with Chelsea in 2015 – saw his team heavily criticised following defeat against Watford last weekend.

“We had a bad week,” he told MUTV. “I know that some football Einsteins, they tried to delete 16 years of my career and delete an unbelievable history of Manchester United and focus on a bad week and three bad results.”

“But that’s the new football – it’s full of Einsteins.”

“I can understand completely the disappointment for the fans with the last week, but I’m sure, back at home, they will be behind the team like they always are.”

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