Mour­inho won’t fo­cus on his bat­tle with Guardi­ola

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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.

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