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Mourinho lauds Wenger for his achievement in football

Mourinho lauds Wenger for his achievement in football

- Mourinho says Wenger has earned his respect with his achievements

- Both managers have been rivals since Mourinho started coaching in England

- Manchester United will play Tottenham in the FA Cup semi finals at Wembley

Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho has said that Arsene Wenger deserves huge respect for his achievements at Arsenal and hopes he does not call it quits to his career.

The North London club announced that the Frenchman will step down at the end of the season after 22 years in charge.

Mourinho and Wenger have always to been at logger-heads with each other since the Portuguese arrived in the Premier League in 2004.

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However the former Chelsea boss insists there are no hard feelings despite their past rivalries.

"If he is happy, I am happy. If he is sad, I am sad. I always wish the best for my opponents. I always wish the best," Mourinho said.

"For me that is the point. If he is happy with the decision he made and looks forward to the next chapter of his career and his life, I am really happy for him. If he is sad, I am sad.

"I am pretty sure that we as a club - especially because Mr Wenger and Arsenal were for many, many years the biggest rivals of the Sir Alex era - will show Mr Wenger the respect that he deserves."

Mourinho has called the Arsenal boss all sort of names in the past and has been involved in numerous spats with Wenger on the touchline over the years.

But he insists he has a lot of respect for Wenger's achievements and hopes he will not retire from management after leaving the Gunners in the summer.

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When asked if he has any regrets about some of his behaviour towards Wenger, Mourinho replied: "It is not about regretting. Your question is a typical question from somebody who is not on this side. You are not a manager, you are not a player of course."

Mourinho's side lost the Premier League title to neighbours Manchester City after losing to West Brom Old Trafford last weekend.

But the Red Devils bounced back in midweek to defeat Bouremouth away from home with goals from Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku.

United will play a crunch match against Tottenham in the semi finals of the FA Cup at Wembley for a chance to win the only silverware left in the season.

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