The pair had a spiky relationship while responsible for Barcelona and Real Madrid, but the Special One is determined not to let that competition hurt his new managers
Jose Mourinho won’t let his own duel with Pep Guardiola escalate in Manchester next season as he fears that would hand the initiative to one of their title rivals.
Mourinho, appointed manager of Manchester United last week, and approaching Manchester City manager Guardiola have a frosty relationship produced by their time at Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.
The pair’s stewing fight blasted before the 2011 Champions League semi-last when Guardiola hit out at the Portuguese’s media persona. Four months later Mourinho jabbed Guardiola’s assistant Tito Vilanova in the eye, starting a scuffle between the players and guiding staff.
Despite the history of asperity, Mourinho insisted he won’t instigate more competition when he starts work at Old Trafford.
Talking at Lisbon University, Mourinho said:
“I was with Guardiola for two years in a league where either he or I would be the champion. Here, if I focus on him or he on me, the champion will be another (manager).”
Mourinho has been linked with a move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Mario but insists he has no intention of prising players from Portuguese clubs.
“I will not take anyone from here,” he added.