Mourinho won’t focus on his battle with Guardiola
Jose Mourinho has vowed not to renew his personal battle with Pep Guardiola as it may impact on Manchester United’s chances of winning the Premier League.
Mourinho and Guardiola were rivals in the Primera Division while in charge of Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively and will face off once more in Manchester next season.
United named Mourinho as their manager last week, while Guardiola was appointed by City in February to replace Manuel Pellegrini.
However, Mourinho, who pipped Guardiola’s Barcelona to the Primera Division title in 2012 but finished runners-up to the Catalan club twice while in Madrid, has no intention of focussing on personal duels.
“[What has happened in the past] does not allow me to be innocent,” said Mourinho. “For two years Pep and I were in a league where the champion would be either me or him, Real Madrid or Barcelona.
“In a situation like this, individual fights make sense because they can influence things.
“[But] in the Premier League, if I focus on him and Manchester City, and he on me and United, someone else is going to win the league.”
Mourinho began his duties as United boss on Monday and quickly moved to hand teenage striker Marcus Rashford a new long-term contract.