Mourinho suggests United were 'not prepared to win' before his arrival

"No, because Arsenal is the love of my life".

Mourinho's record against Wenger is outstanding, with the Portuguese enjoying a far superior head-to-head against the French tactician. After the Europa League match with Atletico Madrid tonight, he'll take on his greatest arch-nemesis, Jose Mourinho in league action. What's more, Neville's critique of a "spineless" and "disgraceful" Arsenal side makes up only a sliver of the cynical criticism that the club and, particularly, manager have endured over the last few years.

As well as Elneny making an appearance, Henrikh Mkhitaryan - who has not played since picking up an injury against CSKA Moscow - took part in full training and is in contention to play against his old club United on Sunday. "When I go back, I realise what a great team they were".

Mourinho memorably called Wenger a "specialist in failure" in 2014, when he was the Chelsea manager. "I have won several trophies there. with Arsenal".

Mourinho is keen to buy within the Premier League as he wants to hit the ground running next season and his compatriot has played in England's top division for three seasons. "They pushed us to the limits".

"We needed that, a bit more experience, mental aggressiveness. Regrets? Little negative episodes".


"I think that these great teams Arsenal had, and the fight shoulder to shoulder with Manchester United, made United better and better".

Ferguson, afterwards, still claiming United were a better football club only for Arsenal to win eight more on the bounce to clinch the title by a point, sealing his first double with the FA Cup; four years later securing the double again with a victor scored by Sylvain Wiltord.

"We need to keep progressing".

Real Madrid are again being linked with a summer move for star man De Gea but Mourinho said there was "no chance" of the Spain goalkeeper leaving Old Trafford this summer.

This will likely be Arsene Wenger's last go to to Outdated Trafford as Arsenal supervisor, bringing the curtain down on a rivalry that has spanned 20 years.

  • Steve Townsend