- Manchester United gaffer, Jose Mourinho, has admitted he regrets his altercations with rival boss Arsene Wenger
- Mourinho made the statement ahead of his side meeting with Arsenal on Sunday April 29 at Old Trafford
- The duo have endured a toxic rivalry since the Manchester United boss first came to England with Chelsea in 2004, when he dethroned Arsenal as champions
Manchester United gaffer, Jose Mourinho, has admitted he regrets his altercations with rival boss Arsene Wenger – ahead of the Frenchman's final trip to Old Trafford as Arsenal boss.
The duo have endured a toxic rivalry since the Manchester United boss first came to England with Chelsea in 2004, when he dethroned Arsenal as champions.
The highly respected managers have traded insults, with Mourinho branding Wenger “a specialist in failure”, while Wenger replied by calling him “stupid”, and famously pushed his rival as their pair clashed on the touchline at Stamford Bridge.
But ahead of Sunday's clash between the two, Mourinho admitted he regretted the verbal barbs and claimed Wenger will feel the same way.
“There are little things where it would be obviously better without them,” said Mourinho.
“Some gestures, some words, it would be better without it, I feel better now without it, no doubts about it.
“But again, when I arrived in England in 2004, Arsenal were the champions and the famous Invincibles. I arrived and for the next couple of years was with them - Bergkamp, Thierry, Campbell, an amazing team - so again thank you very much for that.
"They pushed us to the limits, the two matches we played, not at the Emirates but at amazing old stadium, were unforgettable.
“We had big matches, big fights, so thank you so much for that. Regret? Little negative episodes, yes I do and probably he also does.
“I always feel the biggest rivals are our biggest friends, because they're the ones that pushed us to the limit and I think United fans know that, until 2004, for about a decade it was between United and Arsenal, it was between Sir Alex Ferguson and Mr Wenger, and I think that these great teams Arsenal had and the fight shoulder to shoulder.
“It made United better and better. I hope he has a good reaction [from United fans], if not good, not bad at all and from us as a club he is going to feel the respect we have.”
Legit.ng previously reported that outgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed his biggest regret at the Premier League club as he prepares to leave the Gunners at the end of the season.
The Frenchman announced last week that he will be leaving the North London club at the end of the season after 22 years in charge at Arsenal.
Wenger has won three Premier League trophies during his time in charge of Arsenal as well as seven FA Cups.
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