Mourinho on Conte feud, facing Chelsea again

Tyler Owen
February 25, 2018

"I think the next few weeks at Old Trafford will be awesome", Mourinho said.

"Three points are very important for us, but also for United".

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has claimed the showdown between Chelsea and Manchester United may decide who gets into the top four come the end of the season - and that neither side can afford to lose the game.

Jose Mourinho has predicted an "amazing" period for Manchester United as he prepares to host a series of significant fixtures at Old Trafford across three different competitions. And finally Barkley; the former Everton man made his Chelsea debut last month against Arsenal but has only played a part in two games since. With the players, I don't have any problem, any regret, any stone on my shoes, no problem at all.

Mourinho, whose second spell as Chelsea manager ended in December 2015, was also uninterested in the ongoing row, although he did not call for an end to it.

Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho played down their bitter war of words on Friday ahead of Manchester United's potentially feisty meeting with Chelsea at Old Trafford.

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After the West Ham game, Liverpool have only 10 league matches left and with the exception of Manchester United and Chelsea, all of those games are against teams in ninth place or below.

Asked whether Mourinho felt respected by Chelsea, a club he managed in two spells, he replied: 'I have a good relationship with the board, I don't forget how nice they were to me in a hard period with the departure of my father.

Manchester United vs Chelsea will be played on Sunday, February 24, 2018.

"They have fantastic players and this team is very physical, they have a great physicality".

Pressed on whether he would shake the United manager's hand ahead of the clash at Old Trafford, Conte said: 'I'm not interested in this'.

So there would appear to be egos as well as points at stake this weekend as United and Chelsea strive to bolster their hopes of finishing in the top-four behind runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City. The last time the two teams met, Chelsea had take a 1-0 victory with Alvaro Morata scoring from a header.

Herrera has failed to provide such imposing performances this season, but with Chelsea returning to Manchester this Sunday (25 February) there was hope he could replicate that performance and silence the Belgium global once again.

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